Hutchison HK signs NSN to $45m HSPA+ upgrade

Robert Clark
17 Sep 2009

Hong Kong’s biggest mobile operator, Hutchison, has signed Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to a network upgrade deal.

NSN will be the sole vendor and service partner in upgrading Hutch’s home network to HSPA+, with a minimum equipment purchase of nearly HK$350 million ($45 million).

The announcement comes two weeks after rival CSL tapped ZTE to run Hong Kong’s first LTE trial. Earlier this year CSL announced the world’s first all-IP HSPa+ network.

While NSN describes the Hutchison contract as a “five-year framework agreement”, it makes no mention of LTE.

NSN, who was the prime supplier of Hutchison’s 3G network, will deploy HSPA+, using the Flexi BTS base station and its Direct Tunnel solution and the NetAct network management system.

Richard Kitts, NSN’s Hutchison HK account manager, said the Flexi’s energy-saving features and the new HSPA+ capabilities “will provide HTHKH the required edge in the market both in terms of operational efficiencies and cutting edge technology.”

A Hutchison Hong Kong spokesperson said the “rollout timetable is highly competitive” and would be carried out in phases.

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