WIND Mobile to replace aging Huawei network

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WIND Mobile announced investments in its Greater Vancouver area network as part of its strategy to enhance the telecom coverage and spectrum capacity across Canada.

The carrier said it purchased new equipment to replace aging Huawei gear, and will turn on some of the AWS-1 spectrum it acquired from Rogers in the Mobilicity deal.

Also, the addition of the domestic network resulted in increased nationwide coverage by 14 percent and has added 177,000 square kilometers of coverage from coast to coast.

The new telecom network now promises improvement in data speeds, calls clarity and deterioration in dropped call rate around Greater Vancouver.

“We’re dedicated to doing what is necessary to improve our network in the West to handle the surge of new customers who have joined WIND Mobile,” said Dean Price, vice president and general manager – Western Region, WIND Mobile.

Ranked fourth amongst the telecom networks operators in Canada, Wind Mobile intends to make investment to advance LTE technology in partnership with Nokia Networks.

Wind has recently announced that it received $425 million in funding to build an LTE network, with plans to begin building it in the first quarter of 2016. Nokia Networks will act as the sole LTE network provider for the company.

The network enhancement, expected to be wrapped up by the end of January 2016, is already receiving positive response from the customers, says Wind Mobile.

On its 6th anniversary this week, the carrier which accounts itself to be “Canada’s true alternative wireless provider” has quoted that it will implement new radio LTE, LTE virtualized core and OSS (NetAct to support the LTE and core elements) in 2016.

The Canadian company will also form a cloud-based core based on OpenStack, which will include all of the elements: IMS, HSS, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi and Evolved Packet Core, together with Nokia Networks amidst the 5-year partnership period.

Vina Krishnan
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