Thai mobile operator Total Access Communication (DTAC) has chosen Nokia's Connect GSM equipment to increase coverage in rural areas

June 30, 2004

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HELSINKI -- Leading Thai mobile operator Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC) has chosen Nokia to supply Nokia Connect GSM equipment to increase coverage in rural areas. Deliveries have already begun and the system will be implemented nationwide during third quarter 2004.

DTAC is the latest in a number of operators to implement the Nokia Connect GSM solution for optimized network coverage. The Nokia solution gives competitive advantages to operators in growth markets by allowing them to provide voice service at a low total cost of ownership.

"We strongly believe that there are still 10 million subscribers with no mobile coverage in rural and suburban areas of Thailand which have strong demand for mobile services. With this new cost effective solution, Nokia ConnectSite, DTAC will be able to enhance our coverage further and provide our best network quality and latest applications and services to these untapped markets," says Sigve Brekke, Chief Executive Officer, DTAC.

"Nokia is proud to provide a market entry solution to expand DTAC's network coverage, Nokia Connect GSM is an ideal solution for DTAC. As part of the Nokia Connect GSM solution, the Nokia ConnectSite base station helps bring the benefits of digital service to rural populations in expanding markets in a cost effective way, " says Suwit Pruckwattananon, Account Director for DTAC, Networks, Nokia, Thailand.

The deal is an extension of an existing frame agreement under which Nokia is providing Nokia ConnectSite base stations, the Nokia Base Station Controller, the Nokia FlexiHopper microwave radio and other equipment.

Nokia Corp.

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