NSN scores Latin American managed services deal

Not to be outdone by Ericsson’s news of an LTE win in the US, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) on Wednesday notched up a far reaching managed services deal in Latin America with NII Holdings.

NII, which operates under the Nextel brand in Latin America tapped up NSN to manage its networks across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru. The scale of the contract makes it the first of its kind in Latin America and is one of NSN’s largest, multi-vendor, multi-country managed services agreements in the region.

Under the agreement, NSN will assume responsibility for day-to-day services, provisioning and maintenance for NII owned networks, including a full range of operations, network planning and optimization, consulting and OSS/BSS integration, as well as multi-vendor maintenance services.

NII will retain full ownership of its network assets and will continue to make all decisions relating to network strategy, technology, vendor selections and investment decisions.

As part of the agreement, about 1,000 NII employees are expected to become employees of NSN.

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