Nokia and Europolitan Vodafone have signed an agreement regarding the delivery of UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) networks for Europolitan Vodafone.
Nokia will be the systems supplier for both the core network and radio access, and will also deliver implementation and technical maintenance services.
Deliveries will start in August 2001, and the launch of the network is scheduled for 2002. The agreement covers equipment for the infrastructure that Europolitan Vodafone is constructing in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Karlskrona (providing at least 30 per cent of the population coverage for Sweden). The agreement does not cover the remaining infrastructure that Europolitan Vodafone and Hi3G are jointly constructing via the company they co-own, 3G Infrastructure Services AB.
"Our choice of Nokia will give our customers access to all of Europolitan Vodafone's services regardless of which network they use (GSM, GPRS or UMTS), since Nokia previously supplied these as well. Cost-efficiency and quality have also been crucial to our choice," says Jon Risfelt, CEO at Europolitan Vodafone.
Nokia supplied Europolitan Vodafone's first GSM system in 1991 and subsequently also delivered WAP and GPRS services before being selected as the company's 3G supplier. The GSM/UMTS system that is being developed by Nokia and Europolitan Vodafone will gradually progress to become a fully IP based system using UMTS and GPRS elements.
"This agreement is yet another milestone in the relationship that our two companies have enjoyed over the last 10 years," says Simon Beresford-Wylie, Vice President of Nokia Networks' Vodafone customer team. "We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of Europolitan's success in meeting its customers` requirements in one of the world's most advanced telecoms markets. We are naturally also thrilled to be able to pursue our close working relationship now that Europolitan Vodafone is preparing its entry into the 3G era."
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