Nokia supports Vodafone's HSDPA launch in New Zealand

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World leading HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology from Nokia is powering Vodafone's 3G Broadband network in New Zealand. 3G Broadband gives Vodafone's customers an innovative mobile alternative to fixed broadband so they can stay connected to their email and the Internet whilst having the freedom and convenience to move around the house, the city and even the world.

Vodafone New Zealand's 3G Broadband will initially offer speeds of up to 3.6Mbps in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with slightly lower speeds across the full 3G network coverage area. The commercial launch of the service follows an extensive trial of the solution and close cooperation between Vodafone and Nokia in New Zealand.

"We are very excited about the launch of 3G Broadband in New Zealand. We are sure our customers will find that being connected at high speed to email and the Internet through our mobile network is simple and convenient," says Mike Davies, General Manager, Network and Services, Vodafone New Zealand. "We did a global trial right here in New Zealand and then followed with a successful launch. It's another significant milestone in our ongoing cooperation with Nokia."

"Vodafone has always been keen to be innovative and adopt new technologies that benefit their customers. We are happy to continue our successful cooperation and proud to support Vodafone in bringing the world leading Nokia HSDPA solution to New Zealand," Mike Smathers, Account Director, Networks, Nokia.

Nokia and Vodafone New Zealand signed an agreement on the WCDMA 3G network in 2004. HSDPA is provided under extension of the existing contract.

In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 63 customers to date. High performance Nokia 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), enabling true mobile broadband with breakthrough data speeds of 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.

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