Nokia chosen as sole supplier for complete 3G network to VIAG Interkom in Germany in a deal worth approximately EUR 400 million

Nokia solution enables VIAG InterKom to reap the benefits of network sharing

Nokia has signed a deal for the delivery of a complete 3G network with German operator VIAG Interkom. The value of the intial phase deliveries is approximately EUR 400 million. Deliveries will begin during third quarter and the commercial network is expected to be launched during first quarter 2003.

Nokia will supply mobile core infrastructure, including both packet core and circuit-switched core network elements and IN solution, as well as radio-access network equipment and professional services, which will cover both deployment and support services for Viag Interkom's new 3G network.

With the support of the Nokia's 3G solution, VIAG Interkom, a current GSM operator in Germany with around four million subscribers, will be able to further extend its future services through network sharing with other leading German operators.

"We have been working with Nokia for many years as a trusted partner and they have always demonstrated a clear understanding of the need for a smooth network evolution in order that we can offer our customers the very latest services and pass on cost efficiencies," said Keith Cornell CEO VIAG Interkom

"Nokia's understanding of consumer needs has enabled the company to develop the solutions that allow us to succeed in the highly competitive mobile market."

Nokia's 3G infrastructure is based on open standards, platforms and interfaces for a smooth evolution to commercial 3G services. It includes integrated end-to-end solutions, including charging, security, network management and service control applications. Nokia already offers a full range of support services and solutions to help network providers differentiate in today's fast-changing business environment and rapidly build out 3G networks.

"Nokia is delighted to be supporting VIAG Interkom as it moves into the arena of future generation network services," said Peter Kühne, Vice President, Customer Operations of Nokia, "Nokia's leading 3G solution enables operators to evolve to cost efficiently to offer the cutting edge in services and extend their reach beyond existing network limits."

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