Philippines' SMART awards Nokia GSM/EDGE network expansion contracts worth over USD 70 million
Leading Philippine mobile operator SMART Communications, Inc. (SMART) today announced over USD 70 million worth of GSM network expansion and Care services contracts awarded to Nokia.
Deliveries of equipment and services have already begun, and are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
"Our market projections show continued growth in the mobile arena. We are very pleased with the growth of multimedia messaging and mobile data. We are happy to have reached our "10 for 10" milestone, that is, ten million subscribers on our tenth year of service," said Ramon S. Fernandez, SMART's Head for Administration and Materials Management Division.
"This contract addresses SMART's objectives on capacity expansion, preparation for future platforms, as well as continuous service quality improvements." Fernandez added.
The agreements include EDGE-ready (Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution) Base Station Subsystem and Network Switching Subsystem, increase in Short Messaging System capacity, and Nokia Flexihopper microwave radios. It also includes systems implementation and integration services, as well as a Care agreement with the latest software upgrade and spare parts service.