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Nokia Networks Wins Irish Network Upgrade Contract

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Hutchison Whampoa's Irish mobile network subsidiary, Three has selected Nokia Networks to upgrade its network and plan integration works with recently acquired O2 Ireland.

Nokia Networks will upgrade the operator's 2G and 3G networks as part of an overall EUR300 million network investment plan by Three.

Deployment of new technology and hardware will start in September and the project will be completed by 2017, although Three expects customers to start benefiting from the improvements before then.

Welcoming the announcement, David Hennessy, Chief Technical Officer of Three, commented: "Nokia Networks has been our technology partner since 2004 and we are delighted to extend this partnership to bring our network to the next level. Following on from Three's successful acquisition of O2 in Ireland, this significant network investment further demonstrates our commitment to roll out a state-of-the-art network for our customers."

With this deal, Nokia Networks will provide its Single RAN platform. It will also modernize the core network, as well as provide its Subscriber Data Management solution.

Furthermore, Nokia Networks will deploy its cloud-ready OSS system, NetAct, for monitoring, managing and optimizing 3 Ireland's network. The contract also includes hardware, software and competence development services.

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