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Nokia extends portfolio to facilitate 3G deployments around the world


Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station to support large portfolio of frequency bands

February 13, 2006, 3GSM World Congress 2006, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland - Nokia, a leader in WCDMA contracts and deployments, today announced new frequency variants for its small and modular Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station. The base station, showcased at the 3GSM World Congress, is on track for commercial deliveries in the latter half of 2006. The wide choice of frequencies covered by Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station will enable 3G operators all over the world to build cost-efficient 3G networks.

The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station will be available for the IMT-2000 frequencies 2100 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1800 MHz and 1700/2100 MHz in the second half of 2006. In the first half of 2007, further frequencies, including 850 MHz, 900 MHz and 1900 MHz will be available, whereafter other frequencies will be added based on market need.

Live video calls on the Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station, using a commercially available Nokia 3G device, will be demonstrated on Nokia’s stand in hall 8 at the Fira de Barcelona. The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station is a high capacity base station, which is small, lightweight, modular, future proof and capable of generating up to 70 percent savings in base station site costs.

Nokia is showing its leadership in High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) with over 20 contracts to supply High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), a technology providing enhanced capacities and speeds e.g. for 3G applications such as mobile e-mail and streamed mobile TV. As a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA, Nokia has already delivered HSDPA software to a sizeable number of customers. HSDPA is now commercially available from Nokia and at the conference Nokia demonstrates the next step, its innovative flat architecture Nokia Internet-HSPA solution, to operator customers. Nokia Internet-HSPA provides high-speed mobile data access with wide area coverage for data intensive mobile business and consumer applications, as well as VoIP.

“Increasing numbers of operators are realising the revenue opportunities offered by 3G and are devising creative service packages to suit their customers’ needs. We believe the large portfolio of 3G WCDMA frequencies supported by Nokia can help operators around the globe build fast, efficient 3G networks,” said Robin Lindahl, Vice President, Radio Networks, Nokia. “Nokia’s commitment to 3G and its evolution, HSPA, is underscored by innovations such as the Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station and Nokia Internet-HSPA.”

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