Nokia powering Cellcard’s 3G, LTE network expansion and modernization in Cambodia

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Nokia is all set to expand and modernize Cambodian operator Cellcard’s 3G and LTE network to help it meet surging mobile broadband demand. The major initiative will empower Cellcard to offer the best mobile data services and an enhanced customer experience throughout Cambodia.

Cellcard initially launched LTE services in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, in 2015 and has followed this with expansion to other areas. The current expansion involves Nokia’s deployment of around 1500 additional sites to make mobile broadband services available in other provinces and rural areas.

Nokia’s Global Services and Single RAN technology will let Cellcard host simultaneous 2G/3G/4G operations on a single platform, helping the operator protect its previous investments.

The operator will also deploy IP edge routers from Nokia’s 7750 Service Router (SR) product family to ensure that it is prepared for service demands driven by the eventual arrival of technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Under the modernization program, Cellcard will use the Nokia 9500 Microwave Packet Radio platform to facilitate the transformation of its legacy microwave transport network to packet radio delivery to meet increasing data consumption nationwide in Cambodia.

Cellcard’s project with Nokia will also see the migration of its current billing platform to Nokia SurePay, which offers real-time, convergent and flexible charging and billing options for various market segments. In addition, the operator can deliver a range of compelling and personalized service offerings to subscribers, as well as promotional offers.

Ian Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Cellcard said: “We are proud to work with Nokia in our initiative to offer the best LTE coverage and services to our subscribers. The expansion of our state-of-the-art mobile broadband network will play a critical role in helping the government enable Cambodians to take advantage of mobile broadband. Nokia’s proven expertise will enable us to provide better coverage and quality of services to our subscribers.”

Harald Preiss, head of Asia North at Nokia, said: “We are delighted to help Cellcard expand and modernize its mobile broadband network. At the completion of the project Cellcard will be able to deliver superior broadband services to its subscribers in both urban and rural regions. The enhanced customer experience will further enable the operator to not only reduce churn but to also attract new subscribers. Nokia’s innovative solutions will help Cellcard’s vision of offering best-in-class mobile broadband services become reality.”