Latvia Mobile Telephone taps Nokia to deploy the Baltics’ first WCDMA 3G service
July 29, 2005
Espoo, Finland - Nokia and Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (Latvia Mobile Telephone, LMT) have signed an agreement for the supply of WCDMA 3G network equipment, continuing Nokia’s long-term role in the development of LMT’s mobile network. The deployment was the first commercial WCDMA 3G network in Latvia, as well as the first in the Baltic states. The initial service has been launched, paving the way for LMT to offer commercial 3G services such as video call and video sharing.
Nokia’s system is currently providing 3G coverage for the Latvian capital Riga and will to be expanded to suburban areas and beyond beginning in 2006. Nokia has already provided equipment the initial deployment, with additional deliveries underway for further network ramp up.
Under the agreement, Nokia is supplying and deploying a full range of 3G WCDMA infrastructure, including WCDMA base stations, radio network controllers, and circuit and packet core network equipment, including the 3GPP Release 4 based Nokia MSC Server System. Nokia is also providing its Operations Support System for 3G, including Nokia NetAct (TM), as well as a 3G care agreement.
“We are very pleased to be extending our good cooperation with LMT in order to bring a commercial WCDMA 3G service to Latvia,” said Jan Lindgren, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. “LMT is leading the way in this region by introducing quality next generation mobile services. We are gratified to be playing an important role in this progress by being LMT’s preferred network supplier.”
“The launch of our 3G service demonstrates LMT’s commitment to bringing exciting data services to our market,” said Jevgenijs Busarovs, Vice President for Technologies Latvia Mobile Telephone. “We see 3G as a crucial step in fulfilling the demand of our customers for the most advanced services on the market. And we have complete confidence in Nokia’s solutions to provide reliable and high-quality service.”
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