Making Mobile Multimedia a reality - with the Nokia 3rd Generation System Solution

Nokia unveils its complete 3rd Generation System Solution, providing a complete Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) network for mobile operators. This cutting edge system will enable true personal mobile multimedia applications and services, when combined with future multimedia handsets. Based on public 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Program) industry standards, the Nokia WCDMA System builds wide-area radio access on top of an evolved GSM core, providing a complete network solution for both new and existing telecommunications operators.

"Further to help operators meet the early anticipated demand for Mobile Multimedia services, Nokia's WCDMA System has been designed to reduce start-up and operating costs associated with deploying a new network," says Eero Vallström, Vice President, WCDMA Radio Access Systems, Nokia Networks. "A seamless Mobile Internet and Mobile Intranet Application continuity can be built from GSM through General Packet Data Services to 3rd Generation, enabling Global IP Mobility."

"The harmonisation of Third Generation standards has been successful and the full WCDMA standard will soon be agreed, enabling early implementation of services. The co-operation with all those involved; operators, partners and other suppliers has been constructive and fruitful. This supports the success in maintaining the schedule to commercially introduce WCDMA systems in 2001."

Nokia's new Base Station System (BSS) solution includes the new Nokia UltraSite site solution, Cellular Transmission, a WCDMA Radio Network Controller (RNC), Network Management System (NMS), planning tools and services. All these elements follow the open standards of the 3GPP and GSM - supporting multivendor integration and free competition. A unique feature with the Nokia UltraSite family is that it is specifically designed to build the bridge from Second Generation networks to 3rd Generation globally.

As existing Second Generation networks evolve to 3rd Generation, GPRS is the packet mobile core platform and radio access, enabling Mobile Internet and Mobile Intranet. GPRS networks provide a smooth and cost-effective path to the multimedia networks of tomorrow through the reuse of existing GPRS investments. Time-critical voice and video services will continue using the circuit-switched path through the mobile switching centre (MSC). Non-time-critical services, such as messaging and retrieval services, will use packet-switching through GPRS network elements.

The Nokia 3rd Generation Solution includes end-to-end professional service solutions for future Third Generation operators. The scope includes Mobile Multimedia application creation services, as well as services to plan, implement, integrate and manage a 3rd Generation network. The Nokia Network Management System, Nokia TotemTM Network Planning System for WCDMA, and service management solutions are an integral part of Nokia's service solution. Nokia integrates all of these into a seamless 3G network. Nokia Network Optimisation Service and Nokia Online Services helps keep the network operating at peak performance.

Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society with its innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobile phone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networks including related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals and computer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD 15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the New York (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stock exchanges and employs more than 51 000 people.

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