Nokia powers LMT's HSDPA network in Latvia

Nokia supplies HSDPA as part of extended, exclusive WCDMA 3G network contract

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Latvian mobile operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) has launched the first High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network in Latvia. The solution, provided by LMT's sole network supplier Nokia, enables the operator to offer faster mobile data services to its customers and operate its network more cost-efficiently.

"LMT has always been the first to adopt new and promising technologies that benefit our customers and meet their needs. Adopting new technologies is a challenge that can only be met by cooperation with a reliable and proficient supplier like Nokia. Deploying public HSDPA data services in just a few weeks is another example of a well-balanced team that LMT and Nokia have become," says Juris Binde, President and CEO, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons.

"We are happy to continue our successful cooperation with LMT in Latvia. For LMT, HSDPA is a natural next step towards more advanced networks. The Nokia HSDPA software is easy to deploy and enables LMT to leverage their mobile data opportunities and deliver new mobile broadband services and an enriched user experience to their customers," says Jan Lindgren, Vice President, Networks, Nokia.

Nokia and LMT have been working together since 1992. Nokia has supplied the HSDPA solution to LMT as part of a frame agreement signed in 2005, and continues as the sole supplier of LMT's mobile network infrastructure.

In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 63 customers to date. Nokia's high-performing HSPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling a fast, cost-effective rollout. Nokia HSPA is made up of two key technologies, HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), offering breakthrough data speeds up to 14.4 Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.8 Mbps in the uplink.

Nokia HSDPA offers almost 10-times faster data services than current 3G networks, generating an enhanced service experience. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with a large number of HSDPA contracts. Many network operators have already opened their HSDPA networks with the Nokia solution.

About Latvijais Mobilais Telefons
Latvijas Mobilais Telefons Ltd. is the biggest mobile network operator in Latvia. LMT operates on the mobile market since 1992 and is the first mobile network operator in the country. In July 2006, LMT's mobile communication network covered 98.58% of the territory of Latvia, enabling 97.61% of Latvian population to enjoy mobile communication possibilities. For more information, please visit the company website at www.lmt.lv.
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