Optus has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks in a bid to upgrade its packet core, ahead of an anticipated upgrade to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
Optus will deploy Nokia Siemens Networks' evolved packet core in an attempt to increase its presence in the mobile broadband market, allowing the telco to introduce new data services.
Managing director of Optus Networks, Günther Ottendorfer - appointed to the position last month - said the evolved packet core would also give the company the capability to launch new products in the mobile broadband space.
“Over the last couple of years, we have seen an explosion in mobile broadband and a rise in smartphones as customers consume information on the go,” Ottendorfer said in a statement.
“This new agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks on using its mobile packet core solution will give Optus the flexibility to provide more bandwidth to our customers as required, especially as online applications and mobile working has become the norm.”
The upgraded core will facilitate GPRS, WCDMA and LTE network traffic and includes a flexi NG platform which is hoped will provide more headroom for future Optus product launches.
The partnership signals a final move into the LTE space on the back of Nokia Siemens Networks gear, following trials of the technology by parent company Singtel locally and across the Asia Pacific over the past year.
Optus claimed the partnership wouldn't cause any major changes to its charging and billing systems.
Optus’ move into the LTE space comes as Telstra last month claimed it would launch its LTE network by the end of this year on Ericsson hardware. Vodafone Hutchison Australia has also ramped up plans to move to a fourth-generation LTE network based on Huawei's network core as part of a nationwide network upgrade.
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