Elisa Launches 900MHz 3G

Nokia Siemens Networks supports Elisa in launching the world’s first commercial WCDMA network in the 900 MHz frequency band

November 8, 2007

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ESPOO, Finland -- The Finnish communications service company Elisa has launched today the world’s first commercial WCDMA 900 MHz network. Elisa’s new network is based on the WCDMA Frequency Refarming Solution from Nokia Siemens Networks.

Elisa is the first in the world to launch a commercial WCDMA 900 MHz network, improving the efficiency of its 3G network and bringing broadband mobile data services to its customers in wide and sparsely populated rural areas. With 900 MHz spectrum, the increase in WCDMA network coverage will be achieved in a cost and energy-efficient way using a reduced number of sites.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ solution enables Elisa to expand 3G services to new areas effectively while maximally utilizing existing GSM spectrum and network assets. It also improves indoor coverage for 3G, enabling better data rates for high quality 3G services and thus enhancing the end-user experience.

Today, a video call was demonstrated in new live network with Nokia’s new mobile device for WCDMA 900 MHz, the Nokia 6121 classic.

“Improved customer experience is our objective when we are now widening the coverage of our 3G services. Elisa has been the leader in driving the mobile broadband market in Finland. This launch further underlines our commitment to continuous development of our service offering. Thanks to the Nokia Siemens Networks frequency refarming solution, we are now running WCDMA and GSM efficiently in our 900 MHz frequency allocation, enabling us to extend our 3G services cost-effectively from cities to the less populated areas of Finland”, said Veli-Matti Mattila, President and CEO, Elisa Corporation

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