Celcom, a subsidiary of the TM Group, today launches High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) services in Malaysia. With Nokia's HSDPA solution, Celcom will be able to operate its network more cost-efficiently and offer its customers data services at speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps in June 2006, and this would be almost ten times faster than 3G speeds. The operator is launching three exciting 3G services, namely, "Xpax Legenda Tan Sri P. Ramlee", "Marvel Mobile" and "Disney".
"It is great to be able to support operators, such as Celcom, in bringing faster and better quality mobile services to consumers," said Bill Chang, Country Director, Malaysia, Networks, Nokia. "This deal further strengthens our ties with Celcom, and shows Nokia's commitment to bringing the most advanced mobile services to fast growing markets in Asia Pacific."
Apart from supplying to Celcom's expanded radio network, Nokia is also supplying the core network equipment to expand Celcom's current 3G network to four new regions. This effectively achieves nationwide coverage for the operator. Under the agreement, Nokia is supplying the Nokia HSDPA solution with 3.6 Mbps capability, a radio access network and transmission from its radio network portfolio. From its Unified Core Networks portfolio, Nokia is providing its MSC Server mobile softswitch, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Flexi Intelligent Service Node (ISN).
The network equipment deliveries are backed up by a wide range of services, including systems integration, network planning, deployment, project management and care services, and managed availability service for first-line maintenance. The deliveries are ongoing. The network will be supported by the multi-vendor proven Nokia NetActTM network and service management system.
In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 59 customers to date. Nokia's high-performing HSDPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling cost-effective and fast rollout. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with over 20 contracts globally, many of which are in commercial use. Several network operators have already opened their HSDPA networks with the Nokia HSDPA.
Nokia is creating seamless user experiences in converging networks thanks to mobile softswitching and IMS for fixed and mobile. With over 90 customers for its mobile softswitching, Nokia has delivered the majority of the world's commercial 3GPP-compliant mobile softswitching. Nokia is also the front-runner in IMS for fixed and mobile networks, with over 80 references for IMS solutions, such as Push to talk over Cellular, while paving the way for network renewal with IMS-based voice and applications in fixed networks.