January 14, 2010 | SaskTel, a full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide core network technology for a new next-generation wireless network.
January 14, 2010 | SaskTel, a full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide core network technology for a new next-generation wireless network. The agreement is a part of SaskTelâ€™s network investment program to ensure 98 percent of Saskatchewan residents have access to wireless services.
â€œAfter a comprehensive review, SaskTel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of the companyâ€™s advanced solutions and their global carrier presence and reputation,â€ said Robert Watson, president and chief executive officer at SaskTel.
Already based on the latest version of HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access) technology, SaskTel will use a core network solution, including mobile softswitching, packet core with â€œdirect tunnelâ€ functionality, and harmonized subscriber management systems. The upgraded systems will complement SaskTelâ€™s existing 3G network solutions and future-proof the carrier for a smooth transition to fourth generation technology based on the emerging, global Long-term Evolution (LTE) standard. SaskTel’s network is expected to be initially launched mid-2010 with a targeted completion date of 2011.
â€Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to the Canadian market and its potential for further advancement in next-generation wireless services, so we are extremely pleased to add SaskTel to the distinguished group of operators we serve in Canada,â€ said Sue Spradley, head of the North American region, Nokia Siemens Networks. â€œWe will deliver to SaskTel the industryâ€™s most advanced wireless network infrastructure, which will position them for a smooth transition to LTE in the future.â€
Nokia Siemens Networks is an industry leader in 3G core networks, with 130 customer references to date. Additionally, Nokia Siemens Networks is the forerunner in LTE with its flat architecture innovation providing already today a smooth migration path to LTE. The company recently announced it completed the worldâ€™s first voice calls in LTE networks using commercial, 3GPP-standardized user and network equipment, and it is conducting end-to-end interoperability testing with four device vendors in different frequency bands.