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Nokia wins USD 110 million GSM/EDGE network expansion contract with DTAC in Thailand


Nokia continues as the sole supplier for DTAC’s GSM/EDGE network

December 19, 2006 - Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Thai operator, Total Access Communication PLC (DTAC), have signed a network expansion contract, valued at approximately USD 110 million. Nokia’s GSM/EDGE radio and core network solutions and services will improve DTAC’s network coverage and capacity, enabling DTAC to provide enhanced services to its subscribers. Nokia will continue as the sole supplier.

The exclusive agreement covers DTAC’s entire GSM/EDGE network. Nokia will deliver a wide range of its innovative radio and core network solutions, such as Nokia MSC Server System mobile softswitch, packet core network solution, base stations, and the Nokia Unified Charging Suite. DTAC’s network will continue to be supported by the multivendor, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system. Nokia will also provide systems integration.

“With the industry-leading solutions and technologies provided by Nokia, we will be able to enhance our coverage by up to 50% and provide high network quality and the latest applications and services to our customers,” says Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer, DTAC. “Moreover, we plan to increase our EDGE coverage to nationwide in 2007, which will strengthen our market position by enabling us to offer not only the best quality for voice but also the most advanced data and multimedia services.”

“We are very pleased to support DTAC in expanding their network. By deploying Nokia’s state-of-the-art radio and core solutions for coverage and capacity, DTAC will be able to offer extended coverage cost-efficiently in rural areas, which will enable them to capture market share in low ARPU regions,” says Suwit Pruckwattananon, Account Director, Networks, Nokia. “In addition, with simple software and hardware upgrades, DTAC will be ready to provide 3G service for their customers in Thailand.”

Following the first supply deal with DTAC in 1994, Nokia has been the sole core network supplier since 2000, and the sole GSM network supplier since 2003.

About Total Access Communication PLC (DTAC)
Total Access Communications PLC (DTAC) is Thailand’s second largest cell-phone operator, providing mobile phone and network services in Bangkok and all other 75 provinces nationwide. DTAC currently has over 11 million subscribers, representing around 30% share of the market. The company is the first operator in Thailand that deployed high-speed GPRS and EGDE technologies on its network to accommodate increasing demand of data 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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