Nokia and WIND sign agreement for the supply of Nokias UMTS network equipment in Italy

Nokia and the Italian operator WIND have signed a contract for the turnkey supply of UMTS network equipment. WIND has chosen Nokia as its strategic partner to ensure the network's fast deployment and effective launch of UMTS service in Italy. The contract was signed following a frame agreement between the two parties, announced in October 2000. WIND aims at becoming a leader in Italy in the mobile Internet sector and take advantage of the huge opportunities for the creation of new services.

Nokia will supply its UMTS solution and a full range of professional services, including site acquisition and the supply and installation of the equipment. Deployment of the third-generation mobile network will start immediately.

The contract represents a crucial turning point in the relationship between the two companies, from co-operation on important but selected technologies, including system and service supply and integration for the launch of WAP services, to the strong cooperation required for third-generation mobile network development.

In addition the agreement provides interesting opportunities resulting from the synergies between UMTS and GSM technology. It also includes turnkey integrated solutions and advanced supporting services, which are necessary to help operators hold a reference position in the ever-changing telecommunications market.

The execution of the agreement with WIND confirms Nokia's global leadership position in the supply of UMTS systems, for which it has already been selected as a partner by 21 operators in Asia, the US and Europe. Nokia's UMTS solution is based on standard platforms and open interfaces that are crucial to the quick commercial deployment of UMTS services.

The UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) solution is also known in Europe as 3G. The 3G system represents the future of mobile communications and IP (Internet Protocol) based technologies are bound to represent the core of the future mobile network. The GSM/UMTS system, developed by Nokia and WIND, will gradually evolve towards a total IP system based on 3G and GPRS network elements. The 3G system will integrate, rather than substitute, the GSM system. It will help provide a wireless access to multimedia services and a means to increase voice capacity, or a mix of voice and multimedia services.

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