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Bharti Airtel Africa enhances mobile internet browsing experience and multi-media messaging services
New Delhi, India / Nairobi, Kenya – October 17, 2011
- Nokia Siemens Networks implements advanced automated device management solution in one of the world’s largest device management deals
- Consolidates mobile internet browsing and multimedia messaging service platforms to ensure fast browsing and advanced MMS
Customers of Bharti Airtel in Africa will soon enjoy seamless internet connectivity and simpler, more intuitive mobile data services. The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ Serve atOnce Device Management (SADM) software to be implemented across affiliates in 16 African countries. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will consolidate the operator’s existing multimedia messaging service (MMS) platforms into one centrally managed virtual platform.
Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and joint managing director, Bharti Airtel, said: “Nokia Siemens Networks’ robust mobile device management solution will allow our customers in Africa to enjoy the latest services by enabling seamless internet connectivity and excellent customer care support. The solution will benefit Airtel from reduced operational costs when introducing new devices or services.”
Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, said: “The shift towards smart networks that understand user preferences and enable delivery of customized services is helping operators such as Bharti Airtel deliver a superior mobile broadband experience. Nokia Siemens Networks supports this transition by helping operators to manage user experience better and deliver improved services seamlessly.”
Nokia Siemens Networks’ SADM* will enable Bharti Airtel to remotely and automatically manage and configure user devices for new data services. The software will also enable the operator to gain valuable insights on device capabilities to make right business decisions when introducing new services.
In addition, under a three-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its mobile internet browsing solution (MIBS) and multimedia messaging solution, hosted on a virtualized and centrally managed VaaS platform**. This will allow Bharti Airtel to provide these services faster and cost efficiently to all its customers across all affiliates in Africa.
About Bharti Airtel Limited
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. The company offers mobile voice & data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, IPTV, DTH, turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national & international long distance services to carriers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek. Bharti Airtel had over 233 million customers across its operations at the end of August 2011. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.
Nokia Siemens Networks
Corporate Communications - Africa
E-mail: carlyle [dot] fernandez [at] nsn [dot] com
Phone: +358 7180 31451
e-mail: mediarelations [at] nsn [dot] com
Vice President - Corporate Communications & PR - Airtel Africa
Parkside Towers, Mombasa Road, P. O. Box 962 - 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
e-mail: michael [dot] okwiri [at] airtel [dot] com
Notes to the editors:
*Serve atOnce Device Management (SADM) is a key component of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Customer Experience Management (CEM) offering, the industry’s most complete portfolio across the customer’s end-to-end network and IT lifecycle. CEM draws customer insight data from multiple sources, and links it to the business processes across the operators’ functions - right from assurance and charging to campaign management and customer care.
SADM is supporting all types of mobile phones as well as fixed network devices such as VoIP phones, DSL modems, routers, IPTV set-top boxes and home gateways. Nokia Siemens Networks is a market leader in mobile device management with successful deployments in more than 70 operator networks worldwide.
**Traditionally value added services (VAS) such as SMS, MMS, browsing, video and voice messaging, and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) were provided by dedicated hardware and software in a fixed configuration. Nokia Siemens Networks’ VAS as a Service (VaaS) provides much higher flexibility to provide VAS. It makes VAS applications hardware agnostic, which allows operators share resources and capacity across applications. Based on a virtualized server environment, operators are able to run different applications on the same hardware. VaaS allows duplication of any application on the same virtual server. In this way multi-country deployments can be supported in a very cost-efficient way. Moreover, hardware resources can be changed or added without service interruption. It results in better server capacity utilization and less power consumption, and saves floor space.