To consolidate network operation activities across five countries in Latin America
Nokia Siemens Networks has announced the start of operations for its new Global Network Operations centre (GNOC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nokia Siemens Networks said that NII Holdings, a provider of mobile communications for business customers in Latin America, is the first operator to use the GNOC to centralise its network operations.
Nokia Siemens Networks currently manages operations for NII’s multi-vendor networks across five countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
The new GNOC is expected to consolidate Nokia Siemens Networks’ network operation activities across the five countries, providing economies of scale and improving network efficiency.
The company said that the new GNOC has the potential to serve as a ‘near shore’ location for operators in the Americas time zone.
The 16,000 square feet facility will initially have150 expert technicians with the capacity to host up to 300, said the company.
Nokia Siemens Networks global services head Armando Almeida said the new facility now joins their group of GNOC’s globally, providing increased efficiency in network operations for operators in Latin America and worldwide.
"Latin America and Brazil in particular are growth markets. NII is our GNOC’s first customer in the region, and we will leverage its scale, automated tools and processes to drive speed, quality and efficiency in the operator’s network," Almeida said.
To support NII’s iDEN and 3G technologies, the facility will support, transport, IP network and data/Value Added Services (VAS), all from multiple vendors, said the company.
The migration and centralisation of network operations across all five countries is expected to be completed in Q3 2011.