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Nokia supports Elisa in launching the first HSDPA network in the Nordic Countries


April 06, 2006, Espoo, Finland - Finnish telecom operator Elisa today launched the first commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network in the Nordic Countries. The solution, provided by Nokia, is implemented in the whole of Elisa’s 3G network in Finland, and allows the operator to offer faster mobile data services to its customers and operate its network more cost-efficiently.

“Elisa’s goal is to provide our customers the best services and continuously develop the Elisa service offering. With HSDPA, we can offer both our business and private customers faster broadband services and continue to honor our commitment to 3G development,” said Anssi Okkonen, Vice President, Offering, Elisa Corporation.

“We are delighted to support Elisa in launching the first commercial HSDPA network in the Nordic Countries,” said Olli Oittinen, Senior Vice President, Networks, Nokia. “HSDPA brings about new and exciting opportunities for operators to tap into the growing data services business.”

Nokia has supplied the HSDPA solution to Elisa as part of a frame agreement announced in June 2005, and continues as the main supplier of Elisa’s mobile network infrastructure.

In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 58 customers to date. Nokia’s high-performing HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling cost-effective and fast rollout. In the first phase, the Nokia HSDPA offers average data speeds of 1-2 Mbps. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts globally, 9 of which have been publicly announced.

About Elisa
Elisa Corporation is a leading Finnish telecommunications company offering private and corporate customers a comprehensive range of telecommunications services, including voice and data services, connections to the Internet and content services, customised communications and ICT solutions and network operator services. Elisa provides international services in association with its partners, Vodafone and Telenor.

Elisa Corporation is listed on the Helsinki Exchanges, and its revenue in 2005 amounted to 1.34 billion euros. Elisa has 1.3 million fixed network subscriptions, of which 420,000 are broadband subscriptions. As a broadband provider, Elisa is the market leader in Finland. The company’s mobile network holds approximately 2 million subscriptions. The company has approximately 4,600 employees.

Saunalahti Group Oyj is a subsidiary of Elisa that offers Internet and telecommunications services to consumers under the Saunalahti name and to corporate customers under the name EUnet Finland.

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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