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Nokia Helps Cellnet in the UK to Improve Network Capacity and Quality

At the beginning of 1996, Nokia and Cellnet entered into a strategic implementation project with the aim of increasing capacity and quality in the London area. After the successful deployment of Nokia’s BSS for all Cellnet’s core sites in city centre, it was followed by a roll-out of the project to include 256 sites across London, embracing the IUO solution.

According to Mike Tiplady, Technology Director of Cellnet, “The results of this implementation of IUO are so good, work is already underway to extend this solution to the whole of London within the M25. In addition, we are about to roll the IUO deployment to other major UK cities, beginning with Birmingham. These major enhancements provide us with greater visibility of network performance, significant cost savings and better service to our customers.”

Nokia’s IUO solution enables Cellnet to increase the number of channels at existing base station sites quite dramatically, and improve network quality. Its implementation has allowed Cellnet to reduce the need for additional sites, in line with its environment policy, as reducing costs.

Nokia’s IUO solution is a unique feature to all Nokia GSM/DCS radio networks. Supported by an enhanced network management system and improved hardware reliability, it is ideally suited to meeting the increased service demands of mobile phone customers.

“The base station sub-system is critical within an operator’s network and is an important building block in the overall successful implementation of a cellular service,” explained Mark Keenan from Product Competence Centre for UK Mobile Business. “Nokia’s GSM/DCS BSS offers an economical solution that is tried and tested, capable of meeting the needs of an increasingly sophisticated mobile user. A sound platform enables an evolutionary growth path for future services enabling operators to provide excellent mobile services.”

Cellnet and Nokia are also assessing the joint development of a number of other evolutionary network enhancements including in-building, mobile data and wireless office solutions.

Cellnet is one of the world’s biggest mobile phone success stories. The company was formed by British Telecom PLC (BT) and Securicor Group PLC, and was granted a licence to become a mobile communications network operator in 1983. BT is the majority shareholder with a 60 per cent stake.

Today, over 2.7 million customers are connected to Cellnet including over one million connected to its popular digital service.

Cellnet has already invested more than £1 billion in building its UK network; a network that typically handles around 10 million calls every day. Cellnet invests another £1 million every working day, in new technology, services and deeper coverage.

Cellnet’s digital service conforms to the international standard known as GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), and offers customers the opportunity to use their mobile phone when travelling overseas.