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Wind in Italy selects Nokia for turnkey supply of WCDMA 3G solution and managed services


Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station enables cost-savings and future evolution capabilities

Nokia and Italian operator Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (Wind) have signed a three-year frame agreement for the turnkey supply of Nokia's WCDMA 3G radio network solution, including Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station, Nokia NetAct(TM), and a range of services.

The modular, high capacity Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station will enable Wind to make more efficient use of its existing base station sites, leading to significant site cost savings through reduced site construction work, quick base station installation, and decreased power consumption. Wind's network will be supported by the multivendor, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system. In the turnkey contract, Nokia will provide under managed services model to Wind maintenance services and project management, along with site acquisition, site construction, network planning, implementation, commissioning, and network optimization services.

"Nokia's innovative solutions and services are a perfect fit for Wind's strategy of ultra cost-efficient growth," says Jere Calmes, Chief Operating Officer, Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. "We are going to deploy Nokia's WCDMA 3G solution in 9 out of the 20 regions in Italy, and we are confident that cooperation with a reliable supplier like Nokia will further strengthen Wind's competitive position in the Italian market place."

"We are very pleased about this renewed collaboration with Wind. Wind is now part of an important global telecommunications group, Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH), so this deal marks the beginning of cooperation between Nokia and OTH," says Pertti Melamies, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "We are keen to support Wind with our latest solutions, such as Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station. Not only will these solutions enable Wind to enhance their current business, but they will also provide important future evolution capabilities."

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 66 customers to date.