Nokia and Cable & Wireless, one of the world's leading telecommunications companies, have today signed a contract for the supply of GSM and WCDMA 3G radio and core networks in the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey. This network contract is part of the global frame agreement that Cable & Wireless and Nokia announced in February 2006.
With the support of Nokia's network infrastructure, Cable & Wireless can offer high-quality network coverage and the very latest multimedia services to its mobile customers.
As part of the agreement, Nokia will supply Cable & Wireless with GSM and WCDMA 3G radio networks, including HSDPA, and core networks, including the Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitches. Included in the deal is the unique Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system, and a range of services such as network planning, implementation, commissioning and network optimization. Deliveries will start immediately.
"We are committed to providing our customers with high-quality services. With 3G and HSDPA our customers can enjoy advanced multimedia services and faster download speeds," says Geoff Houston, Chief Executive, Cable & Wireless Channel Islands. "Nokia has world-class credentials and its 3G networks support several leading operators globally. We could not get a better partner."
"We're delighted to be working with Cable & Wireless to introduce 3G services in Guernsey and Jersey," says Peter Khne, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "By supplying a complete, end to end solution encompassing terminals, infrastructure, network applications and services we enable Cable & Wireless to bring value to both business and private users within the Channel Islands."
Nokia's high-performing, cost-optimized HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, offering average data speeds of 1-2 Mbps in the first phase. Later, the Nokia will HSDPA support up to 14.4 Mbps in accordance with industry standards. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts globally.
Mobile softswitching and IMS are the main elements in converging networks. With over 80 customers for the MSC Server, Nokia has delivered the majority of the world's commercial 3GPP compliant mobile softswitches, accounting for over 75% of Nokia's switch deliveries. Nokia is also the front runner in IMS for fixed and mobile networks, with over 70 references for IMS solutions, such as Push to talk over Cellular and video sharing.