Nokia and Telenor Pakistan sign network expansion and managed services frame agreement

(PresseBox) ( Bochum, )
Nokia and Telenor Pakistan today announced that they have extended their existing frame agreement on GSM radio network equipment and services until 2009. Over the 3 year period, Nokia will deliver +2000 base stations and continue to plan, build and manage the radio network in close association with Telenor Pakistan. The cooperation aims at increasing Telenor Pakistan's network coverage and capacity in most of Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan Administered Kashmir and northern regions of Pakistan, including the capital city of Islamabad.

"The continuing co-operation with Nokia enables us to quickly roll-out a high-quality radio network while reducing our operating expenses," says Tore Johnsen, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. "In addition, the Nokia Managed Services are efficient at handling the complexity of the demands that we face in the market as Telenor Pakistan grows at an enormous speed."

"This extension is the best testimony of a successful relationship between Nokia and Telenor and reiterates Nokia's commitment to Pakistan, fulfilling our promise to bring high-quality equipment and services to provide world class mobile services to the Pakistani consumers," says Veqar ul Islam, Country Director, Networks, Nokia Pakistan.

Under the agreement, Nokia provides Telenor Pakistan with Nokia's state-of-the art radio and transmission network, including microwave radios. A wide range of services will support the radio network roll-out and operation, including turnkey maintenance services, hardware support services, and services for the deployment of the GSM network, including network planning, site acquisition, civil works and telecom implementation. Nokia also provides competence development services to Telenor Pakistan. The network continues to be supported by the multivendor, multitechnology Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system. The deliveries have started.

Nokia Services boasts a broad business solution portfolio that gives operators the best tools to increase their efficiency and differentiate their offerings, with close to 20 years of experience in the field. Managed Services, including Mobility Hosting, and Consulting & Integration are the main pillars of Nokia's Services business unit. Nokia is a major player in the Managed Services business with more than 60 contracts globally.

About Telenor Pakistan
The Telenor group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communication services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 115 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Please visit our website: www.telenor.com.pk or email us at press.center@telenor.com.pk.
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