Nokia joins Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent in Telefonica’s LTE network

Nokia scores one of Spain's "greatest ever" network modernisations with three year Telefonica deal.

Telefonica, which in September 2013 signed Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to carry out the first stages of its LTE radio access network rollout, has added another RAN vendor to its roster.

The company has signed a three year upgrade deal with Nokia for the company to deploy its Single RAN Advanced architecture in Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla Leon and Levante over a period of three years.

Single RAN Advanced is based on the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, and the contract will also see Nokia deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G RNC.

Joaquin Mata at Telefonica said in a press release quote that the network upgrade was “one of the greatest of the kind ever carried out in Spain.”

In September 2013 Ericsson said it would be deploying 1000 nodes in Barcelona and Madrid as Telefonica launched LTE services.

Alcatel-Lucent said it was carded to set down over 8,000 base stations – a number it said was 60% of Telefonica’s total deployment, as it too was named as a launch vendor by Telefonica.

Nokia’s contract comes a few months after launch, as Telefonica seeks to upgrade further regions in Spain.