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BAE Systems selects Nokia to supply GSM/EDGE network


May 03, 2006, Espoo, Finland - BAE Systems, the premier trans-Atlantic defense and aerospace company, has selected Nokia to build its GSM/EDGE network to support operations at its Merrimack, N.H., facilities.

Under the contract, Nokia will supply a GSM/GPRS/EDGE network of equipment and services, including a mobile softswitch solution (MSC Server System), a packet core network solution, radio network equipment, and the Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system in a self-contained, deployable unit configuration. Contract terms also include deployment, training and an extensive set of care services.

“Nokia’s GSM/EDGE network will enable us to utilize an industry leading platform in support of our ongoing activities with U.S. Government entities,” stated Rance Walleston, director of BAE Systems’ Information Operations Initiative.

In the past year, Nokia has built its government division in North America to address the needs of the government sector for world-class communications solutions. Nokia has full portfolios of radio and core network equipment, and services with proven commercial success that can strengthen the capabilities of the government sector.

“This initial contract with BAE Systems represents another step forward for Nokia’s growing U.S. government division. We look forward to working with BAE Systems to help adapt industry leading commercial technology to government applications,” said Tim J. Johnson, Vice President, Networks, Nokia.

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