AIS Expands With Nokia

Thai operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) awards Nokia $23M deal to expand GSM/GPRS and roll out EDGE networks nationwide

October 14, 2003

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HELSINKI -- Thailand's leading mobile operator, AIS and Nokia signed a USD23 million agreement for the expansion of GSM/GPRS and rollout of EDGE networks in the Northern, Central and Southern regions of Thailand.

The deal covers the immediate delivery of equipment and services required for the increasing GSM/GPRS traffic and the activation of EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) in non-voice strategic cities such as Chiangmai and Phuket.

"We trust in Nokia's leadership and capabilities in GSM/GPRS/EDGE technology solutions. With EDGE, AIS will be able to offer our 12 million subscribers higher quality network services. Following AIS commercial EDGE launch in Thailand's main cities at the end of the year, AIS mobile subscribers can look forward to mobile data and multimedia services such as video streaming, Internet browsing, email and corporate data access," says Ms.Yingluck Shinawatra, President AIS

"Nokia, our long-term vendor, has demonstrated their expertise and commitment to support us with professional services to integrate seamlessly with our existing network enabling a smooth migration path to 3G mobile services," adds Shinawatra.

In addition to the delivery of Nokia EDGE-capable base stations, such as the Nokia UltraSite and Nokia MetroSite, the deal includes services such as project management, implementation and network maintenance services.

The contract also includes a significant expansion of AIS' GPRS packet core by Nokia to support the expected increase in data traffic to come with EDGE services. AIS mobile subscribers using current GPRS services can experience up to three times faster speeds with EDGE.

"Nokia is happy to continue it's close cooperation with AIS in making advanced mobile services available to the Thai market. This deal reinforces the commitment of both Nokia and AIS to drive the adoption and take-off of mobile data and non-voice services," says Somchai Thamsirisup, Account Director, AIS, Nokia.

Nokia has been working with AIS since the early 1990s, providing turnkey services for the operator's GSM infrastructure.

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