Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have announced contract wins with Brazil’s Algar Telecom and Italy’s Wind.

Nokia Networks has signed a five-year deal with Algar Telecom to enable LTE services in the 700 MHz band, upgrade the operator’s 3G network and implement its Telco Cloud solution.

The contract includes small cells, IMS and EPC, a self-organising network and virtualised OSS.

The Finland-based vendor, which is Algar’s sole networks supplier, said the deployment “paved the way” for the introduction of VoLTE and VoWiFi services.

Algar’s President and CEO Divino Sebastião de Souza commented: “We are building a future-ready network that will offer nothing less than the best to our subscribers – be it in terms of customer experience, or the wide array of innovative voice and data services that will soon be available.

“This network will also reduce our Carbon footprint and minimise our environmental impact, as we will be deploying energy-efficient equipment."

Meanwhile, A-L is providing Wind with its Velocix content delivery network technology to support the launch of new video and TV services for its fixed and mobile subscribers.

The operator is Italy’s number three mobile player, with approximately 22 million subscribers. It also has over three million fixed line customers.

A-L research arm Bell Labs estimates that online video consumption will have increased twelvefold by 2020, placing considerable strain on fixed and mobile networks.

Nicola Grassi, CTO at Wind, said: “Wind chose Alcatel-Lucent’s innovative CDN platform for future-proof video content delivery and to better address customers’ expectations, anywhere with any device, either fixed or mobile, smartphones, tablets, notebooks or smart TVs.”

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent confirmed last week that they are to merge in a €15.6 billion deal.

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