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Nokia to deliver Polkomtel's initial 3G deployment

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The Polish operator will also expand its GSM/EDGE network with Nokia.

Nokia has been chosen by Polkomtel S.A. to supply and deploy the initial phase of its 3G network deployment in Poland, under amendments to the two companies' existing contract. In addition, Nokia will provide GSM/EDGE infrastructure to expand Polkomtel's existing mobile networks. 3G deliveries will begin in May; deliveries of EDGE have already started.

Nokia will provide core and radio access networks for both GSM/EDGE and WCDMA 3G. Nokia will also provide implementation, radio network optimization, 3G technical consultancy, as well as care services and training to maintain the competitiveness of the solution.

"Poland is ready for 3G, and we're ensuring that we're ready to deliver it," says Thomas Eberle CTO, Polkomtel. "We are pleased with Nokia's solution for mobile networks and are happy to continue working with Nokia to meet our capacity and service needs. We are confident that these deployments will position us to offer the best possible services based on EDGE and UMTS technologies in a timely and competitive way."

"Nokia is happy to see our long cooperation with Polkomtel now extending to 3G," says Wojciech Pytel, Managing Director, Nokia Poland. "The agreement reinforces Nokia's long-standing role as a strong technology partner with Polkomtel and demonstrates clearly the trust that has grown between our companies. We're pleased to be doing our part to bring 3G to Poland."

Polkomtel S.A. is the operator of Plus GSM digital mobile network, whose major shareholders are: Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A., KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., Vodafone Americas Asia Inc. (US) and TDC A/S (Denmark) and Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne.