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Nokia wins USD 170 million GSM expansion with Henan MCC in China


Nokia’s mobile softswitch will reduce Henan MCC’s operating costs and provide a path to network evolution

February 15, 2006, Espoo, Finland - Nokia has won a USD 170 million GSM/GPRS network expansion deal with Henan Mobile Communications Corporation Ltd. in China. The expansion will greatly enhance network capacity and coverage in the Henan province, putting Henan MCC in an extremely competitive position.

Under the agreement, Nokia is providing GSM/GPRS radio and core network equipment, including the Nokia MSC Server System, and an extensive range of services, including network planning, optimization and rollout services. Deliveries have started and the network expansion will be fully operational by the end of the first half of 2006.

“Mobile communications continues its fast growth in the Henan province, where Henan MCC has 17 million mobile subscribers. With this expansion, we can continue to offer them high-quality mobile services and strengthen our position in Henan market,” says Huang Shu, Deputy General Manager, Henan MCC.

“This deal further strengthens our long-term and successful cooperation with Henan MCC,” says James Lin, Vice President, Networks, Nokia China. “The expansion will enhance Henan MCC’s market position and prepare their network for future evolution by introducing the cost-efficient Nokia MSC Server System in the Henan MCC’s network.”

Nokia has been Henan MCC’s major supplier for every GSM expansion since 1995. Nokia is the operator’s sole GSM/GPRS core network supplier and a major supplier of Henan MCC’s radio network.

The Nokia MSC Server is a circuit core network architecture for GSM/EDGE and WCDMA 3G. Nokia leads the mobile softswitch market with over 80 customers for the Nokia MSC Server System, over 30 of which are already in commercial use.

About Henan Mobile Communications Corporation Ltd.
Henan Mobile Communications Corporation Ltd. is one of the wholly owned subsidiaries of China Mobile (HK) Limited, and has been listed in HK and New York Stock Exchanges since 1999. The operator serves Henan province in central China, with a population of around 100 million.

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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