November 06, 2009
Telenor Norway Picks Starent Networks for Multimedia Core Network Deployment
By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor
Telenor Norway, a provider of wireless communication services in Norway, has reportedly selected Starent Networks, a provider of infrastructure solutions for mobile operators, to provide multimedia core network equipment for the carrier’s 2G, 3G/UMTS and 4G/LTE networks.
Under terms of the agreement, Telenor (News - Alert) will be deploying Starent’s “Serving GPRS Support Node” and “Gateway GPRS Support Node” for the 2G and 3G/UMTS networks and Mobility Management Entity, Serving Gateway and Packet Data Network Gateway for the 4G/LTE (News - Alert) network on the ST40 multimedia core platform.
Additionally, Telenor’s network will utilize Starent’s Network-Based Traffic
Optimization In-Line Service.
“This is the biggest upgrade of the mobile network in Norway we have ever carried out. It will create a solid base for further developing the services offered by the Telenor mobile network and the quality of those services. Our main aim is to provide customers with better, more innovative services across the country. This means better in terms of capacity, speed and stability,” said Ragnar Kårhus, CEO at Telenor Norway.
Kårhus said Starent Networks (News - Alert) is the best fit to provide a high-performance solution that is capable of integrating network intelligence, other than extending support to 2G, 3G and 4G on a common core platform.
“Telenor is one of the most successful and innovative global mobile operators,” said Ashraf Dahod (News - Alert), president and CEO of Starent Networks.
“We are very excited to work with them on providing broadband multimedia services to their customers in Norway and are committed to their success,” said Dahod. “To be selected for their complete network from 2G to 3G and next generation 4G/LTE is very rewarding.”
The Telenor Group is an international provider of telecom, data and media communication services with mobile operations in 13 markets across the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia. Headquartered in Norway, the Telenor Group currently has more than 160 million mobile subscriptions.
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri