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Nokia and Shanghai Unicom complete public EGPRS demonstration in China


November 22, 2006 - Shanghai, China and Espoo, Finland - The Shanghai branch of China Unicom (Shanghai Unicom) announced today a number of new mobile services at the Shanghai Unicom EGPRS Data Service Press Conference held in Shanghai. A range of advanced data services based on Nokia’s EGPRS solution, including Near Field Communication (NFC), push email, vCard, and WAP browsing, were demonstrated at the event. It marks China Unicom’s first public EGPRS service demonstration.

Nokia’s EGPRS solutions, which include its advanced core and radio network system equipments, will provide a platform to enhance Shanghai Unicom’s data services and drive business innovation. Nokia’s EGPRS enabled S60 mobile devices Nokia N91, Nokia N70, Nokia E61, Nokia 3250, and Nokia 3220 were used in the public demonstration, providing an enhanced experience of voice and data services.

EGPRS is a form of Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) which enables data connections at a speed up to 474 kbps. EGPRS opens up a lot of possibilities for connecting to data networks on mobile phones, making it faster and more convenient to stream video and download larger files. With Nokia’s EGPRS solutions, Shanghai Unicom will be able to offer a broader range of innovative data services to its subscribers.

“EGPRS will bring new and exciting, high quality services to end-users, in particular higher bandwidth services,” said Zhang Jian, General Manager, Shanghai Unicom. “With Nokia’s advanced EGPRS solutions and the optimization experience of both companies, we can also bring higher capacity to the network, better utilize our network resources, and reduce operation costs.”

“We are delighted that Shanghai Unicom has chosen Nokia’s EGPRS solution for the public demonstration. As the world’s leading EGPRS solution provider, Nokia is strongly committed to state-of-the-art technologies to help operators increase operating revenue and ARPU,” said David Ho, Senior Vice President, Networks, Nokia China. “We are also glad to see the expansion of our successful cooperation with China Unicom through the support of their GSM network evolution.”

Nokia has a strong track record in implementing EGPRS and it has reached the global number one position regarding this technology. Nokia has 61 public EGPRS references, and its solution is used in 51 out of 156 commercially launched EGPRS networks.

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