MTPCS and Nokia build GSM network in Montana

Nokia enhances its leading position in Release 4 core networks deployments

(PresseBox) ( Espoo, Finland, )
MTPCS, LLC, d.b.a. Chinook Wireless, has selected Nokia to build a GSM/GPRS/EDGE network throughout Montana. Nokia is supplying 100 percent of the radio and core network, along with network services. The companies have signed a five-year supply contract covering equipment, network planning services, deployment services and Nokia Care services.

Chinook Wireless will be deploying one of North America's first 3GPP Release 4 network architectures, using Nokia's mobile softswitch solution MSC Server System. Additionally, Nokia is providing a portfolio of services, including network planning, installation, integration, and testing.

"Chinook Wireless is committed to delivering the highest quality wireless voice and data services in the State of Montana," said Jonathan Foxman, President and CEO. "Nokia's GSM/GPRS/EDGE solution will enable Chinook to deliver state-of-the-art digital wireless services. With Nokia's support, we will provide a service that will greatly exceed our customers' expectations."

The GSM/GPRS/EDGE network will replace Chinook Wireless' CDMA network, enabling subscribers to benefit from higher performing network service with increased coverage, higher voice quality and advanced digital data services like multimedia messaging and Internet browsing.

"Chinook Wireless has given Nokia a unique opportunity to build a GSM/GPRS/EDGE greenfield network with our industry-leading radio and core network equipment," said Tim Johnson, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Chinook Wireless and bringing Montana residents superior wireless voice and data experiences."

With its Networks division, Nokia is a leading provider of mobile and IP network infrastructure to mobile, fixed, and hybrid operators and provides a full portfolio of radio and core network equipment and services.

About Chinook Wireless
Chinook Wireless provides wireless communications services to communities across the State of Montana. Chinook Wireless was formed in May 2005 to acquire the wireless operations of Blackfoot Communications, Inc., and 3 Rivers Telecommunications, Inc. as an initial platform from which to grow. Chinook Wireless is committed to becoming a strongly positive force and a catalyst for growth in Montana by delivering the highest quality wireless voice and data services.
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