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    Bharti Airtel Africa enhances mobile data services

    Following the selection of Nokia Siemens Networks' Serve at Once Device Management (SADM) software, customers of Bharti Airtel across 16 African countries can soon benefit from seamless internet connectivity and enhanced mobile data services.

    In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will consolidate the operator's existing MMSC platforms into one centrally managed virtual platform.

    "Nokia Siemens Networks' robust mobile device management solution will allow our customers in Africa to enjoy the latest services by enabling seamless internet connectivity and excellent customer care support, while Airtel will benefit from reduced operational costs when introducing new devices or services," Bharti Airtel CEO (international) and joint managing director Manoj Kohli said.

    CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks, Rajeev Suri added, "The shift towards smart networks that understand user preferences and enable delivery of customized services is helping operators such as Bharti Airtel deliver a superior mobile broadband experience. Nokia Siemens Networks supports this transition by helping operators to manage user experience better and deliver improved services seamlessly."

    Nokia Siemens Networks' SADM will enable Bharti Airtel to remotely and automatically manage and configure user devices for new data services. The software will also enable the operator to gain valuable insights on device capabilities to make right business decisions when introducing new services.

    Under a three-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its mobile internet browsing solution (MIBS) and multimedia messaging solution (MMSC), hosted on a virtualized and centrally managed VaaS platform. This will allow Bharti Airtel to provide these services faster and cost efficiently to all its customers across all affiliates in Africa.

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