RELEASE: T-Mobile selects Nokia to build its 3G network
Nokia Selected to Deploy WCDMA 3G for T-Mobile Posted on Monday, November The innovative Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station helps T-Mobile yield significant site cost savings Espoo, Finland & Redmond, WA, USA, November 27, 2006 -- Nokia has signed a contract with T-Mobile USA, Inc. to supply third generation wireless equipment and services to support T-Mobile's WCDMA 3G rollout in the U.S., contingent upon the FCC's award of AWS spectrum. Nokia is delivering its industry-defining Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station optimized for T-Mobile's newly acquired AWS spectrum bands. The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station's innovative, modular platform will yield significant site and operating cost savings. "T-Mobile is pleased to be working with Nokia in deploying third-generation wireless networks and looks forward to bringing advanced wireless services to our customers," said Neville Ray, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations, T-Mobile USA. "WCDMA 3G technology will complement T-Mobile's existing GSM network with greater data through-put and provide a more cost-efficient radio technology." T-Mobile will be the first U.S. operator to deploy the fully HSPA capable Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station. The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station enables easy deployment of WCDMA 3G in multiple spectrum bands with significantly lower base station site expenditures. "Due to its small and modular design, the Nokia Flexi Base Station gives T-Mobile USA adaptable deployment options while delivering full capacity and future evolution capabilities," said Ari Lehtoranta, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Nokia. "T-Mobile's selection confirms its confidence in Nokia's ability to deliver innovative, end-to-end WCDMA 3G solutions." "We are delighted to extend our collaboration with T-Mobile International in support of T-Mobile USA's goal of delivering advanced, next generation services to their customers," said Mark Louison, Senior Vice President, Networks, North America, Nokia. "Nokia is committed to delivering best-in-class 3G solutions to the North American market and we look forward to working with T-Mobile USA throughout and after their network deployment." T-Mobile and Nokia have a long history of working together and have both led the global industry in third-generation networks. Currently, Nokia is a provider of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) networks to T-Mobile in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands - all of which are operational networks. In the U.S., Nokia has been a provider of 2G equipment and services to T-Mobile USA and has provided infrastructure and services to T-Mobile USA/VoiceStream since 1996. In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 64 customers to date. Almost half of the 134 commercially launched WCDMA 3G networks have Nokia equipment. Nokia's high-performing HSPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling a fast, cost-effective rollout. Nokia HSPA is made up of two key technologies, HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), offering breakthrough data speeds up to 14.4 Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.8 Mbps in the uplink. About Nokia: Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.