Telenor Pakistan is further expanding its vast network and upgrading its infrastructure. This will enable the service provider to reach out to new subscribers, improve customer experience, and introduce additional feature-rich services quickly and cost effectively, said a press note. Nokia Siemens Networks has been awarded a frame contract to undertake this network expansion over a period of five years.
“The mobile space in Pakistan is intensely competitive, and the low ARPU levels combined with acute power shortages add to the challenge. As we started planning for our future growth, we aimed to choose our technology infrastructure and solution partner, carefully,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Telenor Pakistan. “We chose Nokia Siemens Networks for its proven capabilities in large scale expansions with a fast time to market, and in particular for its strong services capabilities.”
Under this turnkey contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will undertake the site acquisition, construction, network implementation, logistics and project management. It will implement the Flexi Base Station, a pioneering product that is modular, easy to deploy, and energy efficient making it ideal for network expansion at reduced costs. Once implemented, Nokia Siemens Networks will monitor, manage and optimize the network using its NetAct and ServeAtOnce offering to ensure the highest service quality, and also train Telenor Pakistan’s team.
“For operators in emerging markets, the challenge isn’t just about achieving more while spending less, but also about offering more, while asking for less. Our unique model which combines leading edge product innovations, with strong implementation and management abilities, provides the best technology solution, with optimal CAPEX and OPEX savings, and this is what won Telenor Pakistan over,” said Saad M. Waraich, Pakistan and Afghanistan Country Director, Nokia Siemens Networks.
Nokia Siemens Networks has extensive experience in rapid network rolls outs, specifically in emerging markets. Globally, a Nokia Siemens Networks base station goes live every three minutes. During 2008, the company rolled out 200,000 sites across the world.