ESPOO, Finland, November 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and one of Indonesia's largest operators, Indosat, have extended their cooperation by signing a WCDMA 3G/HSPA network and managed services contract that enables Indosat to offer 3G and wireless broadband services. Indosat will have Nokia operate its network so the operator can remain focused on its core business and customer relationships while adopting 3G technology.
Nokia will provide Indosat turnkey services, including civil works, network planning, implementation and integration of a WCDMA 3G/HSPA network. In providing managed services, Nokia takes responsibility for building, operating and transferring as well as optimizing the Indosat 3G network. Training services are also included, and the network will be supported by the multivendor, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system.
Nokia will supply the WCDMA 3G/HSPA radio network, including the modular, high capacity Nokia Flexi WCDMA base station in East Java, Bali, Sumatra and Batam. Nokia's 3G devices are also being delivered as part of the contract. Deliveries have started and the network will be ready for a launch in November 2006.
"Bringing the next generation of 3G services to Indonesia, and focusing on wireless broadband with the highest speeds at the best value to our customers is a high priority at Indosat," says Kaizad Heerjee, Deputy President Director, Indosat. "Nokia support in our network is outstanding and their managed services capability allows us to concentrate on building the Indosat business around 3G and HSDPA and bringing advanced services to our customers quickly."
"3G/HSDPA services are an exciting opportunity for both Indonesian consumers and Indosat," says Henrik Brogaard, Account Director, Networks, Nokia Indonesia. "Nokia's network solutions and services allow Indosat to increase their competitiveness. Nokia WCDMA/HSPA network allows Indosat to minimize capital and operational expenditure, and Nokia's managed and other professional services boost network efficiency and quality while helping to increase their customer base."
With its proven track record in managing networks on behalf of operators around the world, Nokia is able to support operators to enhance their service offerings and reduce costs. Nokia is a major player in the Managed Services business with close to 60 managed services contracts globally.
In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 65 customers to date. High performance Nokia HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling a fast, cost-effective rollout. Nokia HSPA is made up of two key technologies, HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), enabling true mobile broadband with breakthrough data speeds up to 14.4 Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.8 Mbps in the uplink.
Nokia HSDPA offers almost 10-times faster data services than current 3G networks, generating an enhanced service experience. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with a large number of HSDPA contracts. Many network operators have already opened their HSDPA networks with the Nokia solution.
Indosat is a leading telecommunication and information provider that provides cellular, IDD, and fixed wireless services, Multimedia, Data communications and Internet (MIDI). Indosat's shares are listed on the Jakarta and Surabaya Stock Exchange (JSX: ISAT) and its American Depository Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:IIT).
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