Nokia and Orange SA in Switzerland have signed a three-year agreement with a value of approximately EUR 160 million for a complete 3G solution. Orange Switzerland chose Nokia as the sole supplier of its nationwide 3G network for the introduction of new mobile Internet services.
Under the agreement, Nokia will supply its 3G mobility core network, including packet switched and circuit switched elements and WCDMA Radio Access Network (RAN). In addition Nokia will provide a full range of related support services, including the entire process of planning, building and operating the network and developing, managing and optimizing network operations with Nokia Network Management System (NMS).
"Nokia's world-class and cost-effective 3G network solution will enable us to offer our customers highly attractive and cutting edge wirefree life services and applications. We are happy to further extend our existing cooperation in 2G GSM and GPRS network with Nokia," said Andreas S. Wetter, CEO Orange Switzerland.
"This agreement further strengthens Nokia's excellent relationship with Orange. We are delighted to be able to continue as the total network supplier in Switzerland and enable Orange Switzerland to bring state-of-the-art mobile Internet services to its customers," said Ukko Lappalainen, Vice President, Nokia Networks. "Nokia's leading 3G solution can give operators a head start in the race to 3G, offering the flexibility and scalability necessary for succeeding in next generation networks."
As a part of the agreement, Nokia will provide a 3-year bridge financing package to Orange SA, amounting to EUR 240 Million.
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