Nokia Expands AIS

Nokia has been awarded a $22M agreement to expand AIS's GSM/EDGE network in the northern, western, and southern regions of Thailand

April 21, 2004

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HELSINKI -- Thailand's leading mobile operator, AIS and Nokia have signed a USD22 million agreement for GSM / EDGE network expansion in the Northern, Western and Southern regions of Thailand.

Deliveries of Nokia EDGE equipment and services have already begun and the expansion will be implemented into the existing network during 2004.

"With the EDGE network expansion, AIS would be in a stronger position to support the projected subscriber growth to 15 million subscribers by year's end. We will also be able to increase capacity to support our recently launched push to talk service," says Ms.Yingluck Shinawatra, President, AIS.

"This deal demonstrates the commitment of both AIS and Nokia, our long-term vendor, to grow the mobile services industry in Thailand. Through the expansion, AIS will be ready to support EDGE handsets when they are commercially available later this year. We trust that Nokia's proven experience in network management and relocation services will furnish us with superior network service quality, providing an enhanced mobile experience for our subscribers,"adds Ms Shinawatra.

Nokia has been working with AIS since the early 1990s, providing comprehensive services for the operator's GSM infrastructure. In addition the network expansion Nokia will provide project management, relocation and care services to maintain the competitiveness of the solution.

"Nokia is happy to work closely with AIS to drive advanced mobile data applications and services. AIS has chosen Nokia's EDGE solution as the technology of choice to support the growing non-voice service such as push to talk, which is also a solution from Nokia," says Somchai Thamsirisup, Account Director, AIS, Nokia.

Nokia Corp.

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