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Globe Telecom in Philippines deploys Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch


Mobile softswitch ideal to combine 2G and 3G services

September 18, 2006 - Espoo, Finland - Nokia has signed a nationwide supply contract with the Philippine telecommunications company Globe Telecom Inc. This network modernization deal includes an upgrade of the Globe Telecom circuit switched core network, also enabling fixed mobile convergence.
Under the agreement Nokia will renew the core network of Globe Telecom including the upgrade of Nokia mobile switching centre into Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch.

Included are also the unique, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management solution, Nokia Voice over IP Server, and Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). In addition, Nokia will provide implementation, commissioning, systems integration and training services. The deliveries have already started.

“The contract with Nokia for an upgrade of our existing MSC to an integrated 2G/3G MSC Server mobile softswitch will enable Globe to offer a whole suite of innovative services to our customers in a cost-efficient manner,” says Gerardo C. Ablaza Jr, Chief Executive Officer, Globe Telecom. “These include voice and data applications that can be seamlessly offered across both the 2G and 3G network as well as between the fixed and mobile networks. Services like VoIP, video conferencing, video sharing and other applications will enable Globe to build the digital communities within the Philippines and between the families of overseas Filipino workers.”

“We are pleased to continue our long-term collaboration with Globe Telecom and enable them to introduce 3G services in the Philippines,” says Tapani Sairanen, Account Director, Networks, Nokia. “The Nokia mobile softswitch is an excellent solution for core network optimization, bringing significant cost-savings for operators.”

Nokia is creating seamless user experiences in converging networks thanks to mobile softswitching and IMS for fixed and mobile. With over 100 customers for its mobile softswitching and over 50 live networks, Nokia is clearly the most experienced mobile softswitching supplier worldwide. Nokia is also the front-runner in IMS for fixed and mobile networks, with over 120 references. Nokia’s IMS for fixed and mobile has been in commercial use since 2005. With 20 convergence trials, enabling personalized VoIP and multimedia, Nokia is paving the way for the renewal of fixed networks and the usage of access technologies like WLAN.

About Globe Telecom
Globe Telecom is one of the leading providers of digital wireless communications services in the Philippines using a full digital network based on the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology. It also offers domestic and international long distance communication services. Globe owns 100% of Innove Communications, Inc. which currently operates a cellular service under the Touch Mobile (TM) prepaid brand. It also offers a broad range of wireline voice and data communication services.

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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