Vinaphone Picks Nokia GSM Core

Vietnamese operator selects Nokia's GSM Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs) to increase its network switching capacity

August 9, 2005

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HELSINKI -- Nokia and Vietnam's largest mobile operator, Vietnam Telecom Services Company (GPC), have signed an agreement for the delivery of GSM core network equipment. The agreement with this new customer marks Nokia's entry to the rapidly expanding Vietnamese network infrastructure market.

GPC, which provides mobile services under the brand name VinaPhone, has chosen Nokia to supply its GSM Mobile Switching Centers (MSCs) to increase VinaPhone's network switching capacity in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system, as well as related services, are also included. Deliveries are ongoing and commercial launch is targeted in November.

"This contract will open the possibility to boost long-term cooperation between Nokia and GPC," said GPC deputy director Pham Quang Hao, adding that Nokia will provide international-standard equipment compatible with the VinaPhone network.

"Nokia has long been present in Vietnam as a mobile phone supplier," said Brian Ridgway, Chief Representative, Networks, Nokia Vietnam. "We are now proud and pleased to be entering the infrastructure market. By bringing our high-quality and high-capacity switching system to GPC, we are further highlighting the advantages of our networks for operators in new growth market."

Nokia Corp.

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