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Nokia wins radio and HSDPA network deal from Saudi Arabia’s STC


Nokia’s HSDPA solution means STC can offer advanced mobile services to its customers

July 13, 2006, Espoo, Finland - Nokia has won a radio and High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network order from Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC), bolstering its recently-launched WCDMA 3G and HSDPA services in Saudi Arabia. With Nokia’s HSDPA solution, STC’s customers will be able to access new services such as fast Internet connection, video calls and music downloads.

“At STC, we are proud to offer 3G and HSDPA services to our customers. Nokia’s state-of-the-art solutions and invaluable support have enabled a smooth network and services rollout. We were delighted to see how easy the HSDPA upgrade was with Nokia’s solution,” says Dr. Zeyad Al Otaibi, President of ALJAWAL, STC.

“We’re pleased to extend our cooperation with STC. The Nokia HSPA solution for fast access provides STC with ample capacity to offer advanced services with minimal investment, low delivery costs and simple implementation,” says Dr. Walid Moneimne, Senior Vice President, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Networks, Nokia.

Nokia supplies STC with radio network equipment, including its transmission solution, plus HSDPA software. The network continues to be supported by the Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system. Nokia is also providing STC with services including network planning, telecom implementation, project management, operations support, optimization, and care.

In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 61 customers to date. Nokia’s high-performing HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling a fast, cost-effective rollout. Nokia HSDPA offers almost 10-times faster data services than current 3G networks, meaning an enhanced service experience. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with a large number of HSDPA contracts. Many network operators have already opened their HSDPA networks with the Nokia solution.

About Saudi Telecommunication Company
Saudi Telecom is determined to deliver results on our journey to become a Customer Focused and Competitive company that you our Customers will choose over the competition, Investors will confidently invest in, and People will be proud to work for. We are working to become a company where staff and managers are a confident TEAM working together to deliver what you the customers want, need and expect.

Saudi Telecom, since its establishment in 1998, has delivered a range of positive results that have delivered a better service to more customers. This has been achieved through an ambitious Transformation & Restructuring Program compound with an extensive expansion of our network and infrastructure.

About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.


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