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Renens, Switzerland – February 26, 2013
Orange signs Nokia Siemens Networks to extend network and rollout 4G (LTE)
Nokia Siemens Networks to provide and implement complete radio and core network
Customers of Orange Communications in Switzerland can expect to enjoy superior
faster data speeds and improved coverage. Under a five-year agreement, Orange
has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to extend its radio access network as well
as supply and build its network to deliver 4G
g-term-evolution-lte) - long term evolution) services. As the key supplier,
Nokia Siemens Networks will provide the complete radio and core network, as
well as implementation, optimization and care services.
Orange is focused on the strategic planning and development of its mobile
network and has therefore signed a new five-year agreement with Nokia Siemens
Networks for all network build activities, including the 4G network. This
agreement is an adaptation of the existing, long standing partnership of Orange
with Nokia Siemens Networks as a major network supplier. The new turnkey
delivery agreement covers all build activities such as site acquisition, build
permit procedures, upgrades and hardware maintenance for the Orange mobile
“The Orange network is one of the best mobile networks in Switzerland and with
the launch of 4G/LTE in June this year, it will even be better,” said Johan
Andsjö, CEO of Orange. “Therefore we are happy to have chosen Nokia Siemens
Networks as our partner for the complete delivery of all build activities. With
Nokia Siemens Networks we can count on an experienced, long lasting partner,
with an existing team of high professionals, providing us and our customers
with outstanding network quality.”
“As a long-term, trusted technology partner, we are committed to extending
Orange’s GSM and 3G networks, and supply and build the new LTE network,” said
Outi Asmi, head of Orange Switzerland’s customer team at Nokia Siemens
Networks. “Our advanced radio and core network platforms will enable Orange to
provide the superfast mobile data services for its smartphone customers.”
The Orange network at eye level with the best network in Switzerland and Orange
wants to continue offering a top-quality mobile network for mobile
communication and Internet sevices, particularly with the fourth mobile
generation 4G/LTE. Orange will launch its 4G services on 1 June 2013 in 10
cities/regions of Switzerland.
Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its high-capacity
built on the Single Radio Access Network (RAN) platform with its
energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base
single-ran-advanced/flexi-multiradio-10-base-station). Nokia Siemens Networks’
Liquid Radio will help Orange provide a superior customer experience and meet
growing capacity requirements. The company is also implementing its Evolved
) platform, including Flexi NS (network server) and Flexi NG (network gateway).
In addition, the company will implement its Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB)**
voice call system to enable 4G smartphones to fallback to GSM and 3G networks
from LTE network so that users can enjoy voice calls alongside text messaging
and LTE data services.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its
-systems/netact) network management system to enable consolidated monitoring,
management, and operation of Orange’s network. As part of its full turnkey
solution, the company will provide network implementation, network optimization
and care services. Nokia Siemens Networks has combined its local resources with
global service delivery to ensure the highest level of service quality for the
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Orange Communications SA
Orange Communications SA (www.orange.ch) entered the Swiss telecoms market in
1999 and offers a wide range of mobile communication services. For business
customers, Orange offers integrated, simple and efficiency-enhancing landline
and mobile solutions.
The Orange mobile communications network covers 99% of the Swiss population. In
addition to mobile phone calls, Orange also offers mobile broadband Internet
connections that can reach theoretical maximum speeds of up to 42 Mbit/s using
GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSPA+ technologies. The renowned trade magazine connect
rates the Orange mobile network as «GOOD», ranking it among the best in
Some 1,121 employees attend to the every-day needs of 1.65 million customers,
including those who work at 89 Orange Centers across Switzerland as well as at
the more than 120 Orange Points.
Orange Communications SA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Matterhorn Mobile
S.A., a company indirectly majority owned by funds advised by Apax Partners
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the
first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront
of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new
capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most
efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those
networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.
With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 100 countries and had
net sales of approximately 13.8 billion euros in 2012.
Nokia Siemens Networks
Phone: +33 6 0379 3086
Phone: +358 7140 02869
Orange Communications SA
Phone: +41 78 787 10 16
*Liquid Radio: There is a natural ebb and flow of capacity demand on mobile
networks as smartphone, tablet and other smart device users, switch between
applications at different times and locations. Part of Nokia Siemens Networks’
Liquid Net, Liquid Radio self-adapts its capacity and coverage accordingly.
Through baseband pooling, Liquid Radio repositions base station components to
achieve extreme scalability. Liquid Radio also manages unified heterogeneous
networks to optimize broadband access. Furthermore, active antenna technology
creates more compact, simpler sites that support multiradio, multi-band and
multi-technology access, providing up to 65% capacity gain.
**CSFB is a 3GPP compliant functionality that enhances TD-LTE (time division
duplex-long term evolution) and FDD-LTE frequency division duplex-long term
evolution) deployments with voice capabilities. With CSFB, the end-user device
is directed to WCDMA or GSM network for voice calls. The device then remains in
the WCDMA/GSM network until the call is completed. Data sessions also continue
in the 3G network many times at lower speeds. If dual transfer mode is
available in GSM, data session also continues while using the GSM network. CSFB
also enables text messaging service (SMS) for LTE subscribers, providing a
unified voice and SMS service experience along with LTE data services. The
subscribers can use the same phonebook, supplementary services such as call
waiting and call forwarding, and the same voicemail box.
Operators can reuse existing infrastructure investments while they can delay
the implementation of voice over LTE (VoLTE) based on IP Multimedia Subsystem
(IMS) including the required system integration for instance for business and
operational support systems. Next to this existing roaming systems and
inter-operator roaming contracts can be reused. With CSFB, operators can
effectively address competition from over the top internet service providers.
In addition, this functionality helps operators eliminate the problem of
frequent handovers between CS and VoIP domain, if the quality of VoLTE coverage
in the beginning is not consistent.
Nokia Siemens Networks
PO Box 1
FI-02022 Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks, Karaportti 3, Espoo, FI 02610 Finland
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