Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) Networks will provide the infrastructure for the build out of Mirs Communications' new mobile phone network, the Israeli operator announced on Sunday. The joint venture of Nokia (News - Alert) and Siemens beat out rival Ericsson to win the bid, which is valued at around $59 million over three years, according to Reuters.
Mirs Communications currently accounts for only 4-5 percent of the mobile phone market share in Israel. However, the nation's fourth largest operator recently won one of two mobile phone licenses auctioned off by the Communications Ministry, which should help Mirs take market share away from domestic competitors Cellcom (News - Alert) Israel, Partner Communications and Pelephone.
The company paid more than $205 million for the license, according to Reuters.
Mirs Communications is owned by French businessman Patrick Drahi, who is also a major player in Israel's cable TV, Internet and fixed-line telephone spaces.
Sunday's news represents the second major win for Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert) in the last few weeks. The telecom infrastructure company announced in mid-May that it has been chosen by Korean wireless services provider LG U+ to help deploy its new Long Term Evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) network.
Nokia Siemens Networks will roll out its radio access network (RAN), which includes its Flexi Multiradio Base Station and NetAct management system, to enable network optimization, consolidated configuration and monitoring. Nokia Siemens Networks will also help the Korean service provider expedite the LTE deployment by providing network implementation services.
Nokia Siemens Networks Asia Pacific region head Paul Tyler called the agreement an indication of the company's commitment to LG U+ and the Korean market as a whole, according to CBR.
“This deal puts Nokia Siemens Networks at the forefront of LTE deployments in Korea and we are delighted to support LG U+ in creating a world class mobile broadband service,” Tyler said.
The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell