Nokia Networks on Thursday announced that it has acquired a 3D geolocation solution that will enable it to help mobile operators plan their networks, regardless of which vendor supplies their equipment.

The Finnish company said it has acquired a solution from Israel's NICE Systems that is designed to help with the planning and optimisation of mobile networks.

Specifically, it employs geolocation techniques that can identify the precise location of events – dropped calls, for example - that take place in a mobile network. As such, the operator is better able to understand and manage the customer experience.

"The evolution of small cells and LTE necessitates more accurate 3D geolocation capabilities," Dennis Lorenzin, head of network planning and optimisation at Nokia Networks' Global Services business, said in a statement.

"Nokia Networks intends to enhance this unique solution in order to offer superior services to our customers, regardless of which network gear they use," he added.

Nokia said it intends to build up a competence centre in Israel, develop its future portfolio around 3D modelling, and increase automation within its services.