Nokia and SMART sign USD 150 million agreement for the delivery of GPRS core network, WAP solution and GSM expansion in the Philippines

SMART and Nokia have signed a contract for the supply of Nokia's General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) core network solution and expansion of SMART's dual band GSM network. The agreement also includes delivery of Nokia's Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) platform to Smart.

Under this contract, Nokia will expand SMART's range and quality of GSM services with Nokia's high capacity Mobile Switching Centres (MSCi), Home Location Registers (HLR), Short Message Service Centres, base stations, and a full range of related customer services.

Nokia will deliver its Internet Protocol (IP) core network infrastructure, including the Nokia Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), the Nokia Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) and the Nokia Charging Gateway. With Nokia's GPRS solution, SMART will be able to provide true mobile Internet access to its subscribers - offering enhanced packet switched data through the enhanced GSM network.

This contract also sees the supply of Nokia's Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) platform, which allows Internet services to be accessed through WAP enabled mobile phones.

"The acquisition of these new systems puts SMART at the forefront in providing cutting-edge services to users who are looking for more sophisticated value added services," said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO, SMART Communications, Inc.

"The Nokia GPRS solution is a key building block in the development of the Mobile Information Society based upon high-speed IP data technology," says Kari Ahola, Senior Vice President, Nokia Networks, Asia Pacific. "GPRS will bring secure, instant packet-switched connections to data networks, such as the Internet, Internet Service Providers and corporate Intranets, all via GSM technology."

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