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Tuesday, 15 October 2002

Total Access Communication (TAC) and Nokia have signed an agreement for the delivery of GSM/GPRS/EDGE mobile systems for the expansion of the DTAC brand mobile network in Thailand. The agreement is valued at USD 200 million.

Nokia is the sole supplier for TAC's mobile core network, including an Intelligent Network platform, and provides the main part of the radio-access network.

Under the agreement, Nokia will provide its UltraSite base station solution, which can support GSM/EDGE/WCDMA, addressing the growing demand for data traffic in today's mobile networks. Operators can employ EDGE to achieve transmission speeds up to 470 kbps, enabling high-speed access to the mobile Internet and enhancing multimedia applications. Nokia will also provide a Smart Radio Concept technology for the radio network to enhance the DTAC network coverage and improve quality.

"We are pleased to expand our cooperation with DTAC in building its competitiveness for the future," says Matti Palomaki, Account Director, Nokia Networks. "We believe DTAC's focus on network quality and coverage as well as its leading end-user services, combined with Nokia's state-of-the-art technology will ensure DTAC's leadership in the Thai market."

"The extension of the GSM/GPRS network shows our commitment to continue better quality, better coverage and best-in-class services. Furthermore, it opens the way to 3G-based advanced mobile services using EDGE technology," says Boonchai Bencharongkul, Chairman and CEO of DTAC.

"Our long-term relationship with Nokia and its competitive products was instrumental in our choice. With Nokia's technology, DTAC will continue to further enhance its network quality and coverage and provide a smooth evolution transition to the next generation of networks," he adds.

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