The “multimillion” dollar deal was struck to address growing mobile broadband bandwidth demands on the Optus network. The telco wants to look into offering new data services as well.
Optus successfully trialled the vendor's LTE technology mid-last year.
Worldwide mobile data traffic is set to increase 26-fold by 2015 according to the Cisco Visual Network Index report.
“This new agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks on using its Mobile Packet Core solution will give Optus the flexibility to provide more bandwidth to our customers as required, especially as online applications and mobile working has become the norm,” Optus Networks manager, Günther Ottendorfer, said in a statement.
Nokia Siemens’ Evolved Packet Core can accommodate GPRS, WCDMA and LTE network traffic. It is also includes the vendor’s Flexi NG GGSN platform for a boost in capacity, making way for Optus to a launch new products.
Nokia Siemens will provide its Charge@once Mediate solution so Optus can introduce new services without major changes to its charging and billing systems.
With the new deal between Nokia and Optus, the big three telcos in Australia have all started their LTE journey.
Telstra announced in February it will launch its LTE network by the end of the year with Ericsson equipment.
Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) has embarked on a $1 billion network overhaul using Huawei products to upgrade basestations so they would be converted to LTE down the track.