Finnish telecom operator Elisa launches the first commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access network in the Nordic Countries

April 6, 2006

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ESPOO, Finland -- Finnish telecom operator Elisa today launched the first commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network in the Nordic Countries. The solution, provided by Nokia, is implemented in the whole of Elisa's 3G network in Finland, and allows the operator to offer faster mobile data services to its customers and operate its network more cost-efficiently.

"Elisa's goal is to provide our customers the best services and continuously develop the Elisa service offering. With HSDPA, we can offer both our business and private customers faster broadband services and continue to honor our commitment to 3G development," said Anssi Okkonen, Vice President, Offering, Elisa Corporation.

"We are delighted to support Elisa in launching the first commercial HSDPA network in the Nordic Countries," said Olli Oittinen, Senior Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "HSDPA brings about new and exciting opportunities for operators to tap into the growing data services business."

Nokia has supplied the HSDPA solution to Elisa as part of a frame agreement announced in June 2005, and continues as the main supplier of Elisa's mobile network infrastructure.

In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 58 customers to date. Nokia's high-performing HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling cost-effective and fast rollout. In the first phase, the Nokia HSDPA offers average data speeds of 1-2 Mbps. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts globally, 9 of which have been publicly announced.

Elisa Corp.

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)

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