VimpelCom, a communications company based in Russia, has reportedly strengthened its relationship with Nokia (News - Alert), the global telecommunications giant. Nokia already was in charge of managing some aspects of the company’s main cellular network in Russia, but now will extend that responsibility to include VimpelCom’s 2G, 3G, and 4G networks, as well as various other responsibilities, such as maintenance in the field. The deal is currently scheduled for a five year contract.
This is indeed a massive operation that Nokia will now be assuming some major responsibility in. VimpelCom provides broadband Internet service to 2.2 million people across Russia, to say nothing of the 58 million people it provides mobile service to. The hope for VimpelCon is that this extended deal with Nokia will result in a reduction of maintenance and operational costs on its end as well as increased reliability for its customers and a decrease in wait time in the event that something does need repairs.
“Today we are at a dynamic stage in our business transformation,” said Martin Skop, Executive Vice President for Infrastructure Development PJSC at VimpelCom. The transition to a new operating model for ‘Beeline’ network management is another step towards a new ‘VimpelCom’ technological reality. The partnership with Nokia enables us to restructure business processes, improve financial performance, keep pace with global trends and drive technological innovations. In addition, smart managed services will help us improve our overall efficiency.”
Igor Leprince, the head of Global Services at Nokia, also expressed excitement about the deal, saying that Nokia will “focus on driving the highest levels of quality and efficiency into operations to enhance network performance and availability.”
As high speed mobile Internet networks continue to spread their reach to all corners of the world, it is clear that the next goal of network providers is to increase their reliability and stability. VimpelCom’s move to partner with one of the giants of telecommunications, Nokia, gives it access to far greater resources and experience in the field than it could ever generate for itself. This was a savvy move as the company looks to expand and improve its mobile network.
Edited by Alicia Young