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Nokia supports Omnitel in launching their HSDPA network


June 09, 2006

The operator has selected Nokia as its sole WCDMA 3G network supplier

Palanga, Lithuania and Espoo, Finland - Omnitel today launched High Speed Data Packet Access (HSDPA) services in the city of Palanga from where the service rollout will extend to other parts of the country. With Nokia’s HSDPA solution, Omnitel will be able to operate its network more cost-efficiently and offer its customers data services at speeds of up to four times faster than current 3G speeds.

“Thanks to our recently launched WCDMA 3G network that has been now upgraded to HSDPA, we can offer our customers the best quality services, such as high speed mobile Internet connection, ” says Antanas Zabulis, CEO, Omnitel. “In today’s event we are demonstrating the exceptional speed of HSDPA together with Nokia, whose WCDMA and HSDPA solutions and rapid deployment of the network have enabled us to offer this new service to our customers.”

“This launch is an important milestone for Omnitel and Lithuania,” says Jan Lindgren, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. “Nokia HSDPA is a cost-effective, high performance solution that helps operators tackle the challenges of providing high speed, quality services with optimized cost of delivery.”

In addition to WCDMA 3G and HSDPA radio network, Nokia has delivered Omnitel Lithuania packet core network equipment, and will upgrade the operator’s existing Nokia Mobile Switching Center (MSCi) to Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch. Nokia will provide maintenance services, and the network will be supported by the unique, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system.

Nokia is Omnitel’s sole core network and WCDMA 3G network supplier.

In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 59 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, Nokia HSDPA offers up to four times faster data services than current 3G, and consequently enhanced quality of service experience. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts globally. Several network operators have already opened their HSDPA networks with the Nokia HSDPA.

Mobile softswitching and IMS are the main elements in converging networks. With over 90 customers for the MSC Server, Nokia has delivered the majority of the world’s commercial 3GPP-compliant mobile softswitches, accounting for over 75% of Nokia’s switch deliveries. Nokia is also the front-runner in IMS for fixed and mobile networks, with over 80 references for IMS solutions, such as Push to talk over Cellular and video sharing.

About Omnitel
Omnitel is the largest telecommunications company in the Baltics, member of TeliaSonera group. It provides reliable, innovative and easy-to-use services of carrying and packaging of voice, images, data, information, transactions and entertainment.

OMNITEL has gained a reputation of being the first to offer new technologies to the Lithuanian market. It was the first network operator in Lithuania to launch GSM services (in 1995and one of the first companies in Europe having introduced packet data transfer technology GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) in its network. Omnitel had launched the UMTS trial on 1 May, 2004, the day Lithuania joined the EU. The first in the country, Omnitel’s commercial UMTS network was launched in February 2006.

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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