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Telefónica modernizes, expands its radio network in Spain with Nokia Networks

Three-year agreement includes complete upgrade of current network, 4G implementation

24 July 2014

Madrid, Spain - Telefónica, one of the world's leading providers of telecommunications, is modernizing its nationwide networks and expanding its 4G network to significantly improve performance and capacity in Spain. The operator has selected Nokia Networks as key supplier for radio access equipment and professional services in Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla Leon and Levante over a period of three years.

"Our customers are increasingly adopting advanced smartphones and enjoying data-heavy multimedia content, so delivering more services while improving their quality is more important than ever," said Joaquín Mata at Telefónica. "This modernization, one of the greatest of the kind ever carried out in Spain, will allow us to achieve these goals and optimize the performance of our network to offer the best possible user experience."

Nokia Networks will upgrade Telefónica's mobile network and implement 4G using its Single RAN Advanced solution, based on the compact, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, recently ranked a leader in capacity and deployment flexibility by the analyst firm Current Analysis*. The company will also deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC) to further increase efficiency and resilience. Telefónica's networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia'sNetAct management system.

As part of the agreement, Nokia Networks will also provideCustomer Experience Management, including its Serve atOnce Traffica real-time monitoring platform, Serve atOnce Intelligence (SAI) reporting solution and Customer Care Automation solution.

Support services comprise network implementation, planning and optimization as well as a full set of care services to secure a high quality, high availability network.

"The ongoing growth of data traffic is creating massive pressure on networks, which have to meet the demands of an increasing number of mobile devices and technologies," said Agustín Menchén at Nokia Networks. "As a frontrunner in mobile broadband, we are commited to helping Telefónica build an advanced network infrastructure that reaffirms its leadership as an operator that constantly evolves and adapts to new technology."

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About Telefónica

Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. With its best in class mobile, fixed and broadband networks, and innovative portfolio of digital solutions, Telefónica is transforming itself into a 'Digital Telco', a company that will be even better placed to meet the needs of its customers and capture new revenue growth.

The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts more than 313 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.551.024.586 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires

About Nokia

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* The Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station from Nokia Networks has recently been ranked a leader in capacity and deployment flexibility in analyst company Current Analysis' latest 'LTE eNodeB Assessment' of April 4, 2014. According to the report, Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station outperforms the competition in capacity, deployment flexibility, spectrum coverage and power output. "LTE-Advanced market momentum and product differentiation lend credibility," said Current Analysis in its report summary, noting that Nokia Networks provided a "broader range of supported spectrum bands than other vendors." The same analyst report also highlighted the company's leadership, with its Liquid Applications being a clear differentiator with its novel approach to optimizing mobile content and applications.

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