Dutch MVNO Intercity Zakelijk partners with Nokia Siemens Networks
Vendor provides core network for fast, flexible service rollout
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Intercity Zakelijk, a Dutch mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for business customers in the Netherlands, will soon be able to offer new features and differentiated services. The operator has awarded Nokia Siemens Networks a long-term contract to design, implement and support its complete mobile core network. Nokia Siemens Networks’ technology and services will allow Intercity Zakelijk to differentiate itself by providing services more rapidly and flexibly.
“Our aim is to deliver differentiated services that fully meet the expectations of our business customers,” said Nick Buckley, chief executive officer, Intercity Zakelijk. “Having our own mobile core network allows us to do this faster and more flexibly. Nokia Siemens Networks with its expertise in core networks and consulting services is the right partner for us to ensure service satisfaction for our customers.”
“Intercity Zakelijk’s small and medium-sized business customers will also be able to enjoy the sorts of services available to large organizations. These include automatic offload of voice and data traffic onto customers’ office Wi-Fi networks, and customized packages for different user groups within an enterprise,” added Dennis de Boer, the customer account manager at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our full mobile core network offering will help Intercity differentiate itself better from competition, improve customer loyalty and grow its subscriber base.”
Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will plan, design and implement its full mobile core network, including open mobile softswitches* and Evolved Packet Core (EPC)**. The company will also deploy its subscriber data management and repositories, operations support system (OSS), billing mediation, and value added services platform, supporting up-to-date GSM and 3G core networks. In addition, the company will support Intercity Zakelijk’s network operations and provide care services.
About Intercity Zakelijk
Intercity Zakelijk started in 1985 as an independent Mobile Service Provider in the UK. In 1994 it expanded its operations to The Netherlands were it focuses on the Business to Business market with fixed and mobile services. Operating with 150 employees in The Netherlands and UK, its European head office is in Hoofddorp. www.intercityzakelijk.nl
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com
Notes to editors:
* COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) ATCA (Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture) based Open Mobile Softswitch is Nokia Siemens Networks’ advanced Mobile Softswitch, also known as MSC Server. It is part of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Open Core System and deployed on a new COTS ATCA hardware platform. Due to open software architecture the system has unique capability to run on both existing DX200 hardware platform and COTS ATCA hardware. As the global market leader of mobile voice solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks delivers Mobile Softswitching systems to over 270 operators worldwide and serves over 1.4 billion users.
** Nokia Siemens Networks’ Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solution manages mobile broadband connectivity for subscribers’ data services, internet and operators’ own network or corporate networks. It is the evolution of packet core for all existing 3GPP mobile networks and plays an essential role in migrating to next-generation mobile broadband using LTE/LTE-Advanced technologies.
The EPC solution consists of Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) and provides unique flexibility with 4D scaling. With convincing capacity in throughput, subscriber density and signaling, operators can manage the data traffic explosion and millions of smart devices. Combined with unparalleled service intelligence, operators can ensure superior user experience and manage network resource usage to maximize their revenues.
Nokia Siemens Networks delivers packet core solutions to more than 280 customers in over 110 countries serving 750 million mobile broadband subscribers worldwide. As of April 2011, Nokia Siemens Networks had 58 Flexi NG customers and 28 Flexi NS customers. In total, 18 customers have selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ EPC solution for LTE. More than 55 EPC trials are agreed or ongoing with leading operators on all continents. Nokia Siemens Networks’ EPC is in commercial use since 2010 with several operators like NTT DOCOMO in Japan and Tele2 in Sweden.
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