Espoo, Finland - June 11, 2007
Nokia Siemens Networks to help AinaCom launch mobile services rapidly
Nokia Siemens Networks has won a managed services contract to run AinaCom"s
mobile core and service platforms, enabling the ICT and media group to launch new end-user services more rapidly and reliably with less risk. The service, which is scheduled to begin in June 2007, includes 24-hour network monitoring.
Aina Group, a Finnish ICT and media group that is active in print, radio, cable TV and the
telecommunication sector,has expanded its own mobile service portfolio. The new managed
services agreement means that Nokia Siemens Networks will take care of operating and
maintenance services of all platforms. The contract includes remote monitoring and
troubleshooting via the network operation center. AinaCom has its own mobile core network
equipment and is buying radio network capacity from other Finnish mobile operators. This full mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model gives freedom for AinaCom to set up its own mobile services.
The contract extends an existing service contract between AinaCom and Nokia Siemens
Networks and will enable Aina Group to introduce the new service quicker and keep services up and running for their customers.
Kari Tavisalo, Director of AinaCom, said: "The key factor in our decision on a managed
services partner was that Nokia Siemens Networks could bring our mobile service to market as quickly as possible without us having to build up our own operations expertise. Moreover, we can eliminate technological risks, because we have agreed service levels, including the maximum time needed for error elimination. We also want to reach scale benefits by using Nokia Siemens Networks" global services."
José Costa e Silva, head of the Services Business Unit at Nokia Siemens Networks, said:
"The fact that we can provide the services necessary for operation in addition to supplying
the infrastructure plays a major role for our customers. It allows them to minimize their
investment requirement and concentrate fully on customer acquisition and business
Nokia Siemens Networks has 20 years" experience in managed services for fixed and mobile networks, plus unrivalled technical, engineering and operational know-how. The company is one of the largest providers in this market with more than 160 combined managed services contracts worldwide, serving more than 130 million subscribers globally. Nokia Siemens Networks has a proven multivendor experience and Fixed-Mobile- Convergence competence and offers the most extensive portfolio of services and solutions that can help operators win new business opportunities through higher efficiency and novel ways to generate new revenue.
About Aina Group
Aina Group specializes in consumer and business communication solutions with two
business areas: media and ICT. Hämeen Sanomat Oy and its subsidiaries specializes in
media and AinaCom Oyj practises ICT business. In 2006, Group sales totalled EUR 97,0
million and the average number of employees (full-time equivalents) was 612. The parent
company of the Group is Aina Group Oyj.
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The
company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network
infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service
professionals worldwide. The combined pro-forma net sales of ?17.1 billion in fiscal year
2006 make Nokia Siemens Networks one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure
companies. Nokia Siemens Networks has operations in some 150 countries and is
headquartered in Espoo, Finland. It combines Nokia"s Networks Business Group and the
carrier related businesses of Siemens Communications.
Director, Networks and Service Production
Phone: +358 40 868 4204
Nokia Siemens Networks
Communications Services Business Unit
Phone: +49 89 722 53005
Phone: +358 50 514 9718