Huawei to Deploy Europe’s First SDR-enabled Commercial GSM/UMTS SingleRAN Network for TeliaSonera in Finland

[Helsinki, Finland, June 26, 2009] Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that TeliaSonera has chosen to deploy Huawei’s SingleRAN solution which will enable TeliaSonera to simultaneously provide its subscribers in Finland with high-quality GSM and UMTS services using the same 900 MHz spectrum. This network is Europe’s first GSM/UMTS converged network based on Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology.

Under the agreement, the existing GSM network will be upgraded to use Huawei’s SDR-enabled base stations. Additional equipment to be provided will include radio network and base station controllers, operating support system and services to support network deployment. Esa Rautalinko, CEO of TeliaSonera Finland Oy, said: “Huawei’s SingleRAN solution will contribute to our goal to give an up-to-date mobile broadband experience to a growing number of customers while also supporting the fixed-mobile migration in the more rural areas in Finland. End-users will be able to experience enriched communications services including voice, video and data services” “We are delighted to have this opportunity to build this state-of-the-art network using our unique SingleRAN solution”, said Richard Yu, President of Huawei European Region, "Customer-centric innovation is our strategy. We are confident in our ability to deliver an excellent network for leading operators like TeliaSonera to support their business success.” Huawei’s SingleRAN solution enables operators to achieve full convergence of multi-mode wireless networks, including base stations, base station controllers, sites and operation as well as maintenance management. It provides a simple and unified radio access network which can achieve GSM, UMTS and LTE functionalities simultaneously and is software configurable according to different traffic model to have more GSM or more UMTS capacity. - End -

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