Nokia's mobile softswitch will expand CSL's network capacity in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong operator CSL has chosen the Nokia MSC Server mobile softswitch to expand its network capacity and pave the way for smooth network evolution in the future.

Nokia will provide installation, commissioning and technical support to CSL. Deliveries will start in June 2006, and the system will be operational by the end of this year.

"In the extremely competitive Hong Kong market we need to constantly improve our network and keep abreast of mobile technology development in order to provide quality services to our customers. Nokia's mobile softswitch will help to modernize our network, increase its capacity, and enhance the capabilities," says Adam Wong, Director, Mobile Networks, CSL.

"The Nokia MSC Server implements packet technology within core networks in order to optimize voice traffic and network operation. The MSC Server supports both traditional GSM systems and 3G circuit-switched traffic, making it possible to build and operate multimode networks more efficiently," says Mike Wang, General Manager, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Networks, Nokia.

The agreement extends the two companies' cooperation, which began in 1991 when Nokia became the first GSM supplier to CSL. Nokia has supplied GSM and WCDMA core and radio network equipment to CSL.

The mobile softswitch for CSL highlights Nokia's leadership in mobile softswitch deployment in China. To date, Nokia MSC Server System capacity of more than 20 million lines has been put into operation in the Chinese market.

Mobile softswitching and IMS are the main elements in converging networks. With over 90 customers for the MSC Server, Nokia has delivered the majority of the world's commercial 3GPP-compliant mobile softswitches, accounting for over 75% of Nokia's switch deliveries. 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 and video sharing.

About Hong Kong CSL Limited ("CSL")
CSL is a pioneer in the mobile communications market in Hong Kong. The Company launched its mobile services in 1983, and today operates a world-class GSM / WCDMA network through its mobile brands: 1O1O and One2Free. CSL introduced its 3G and Wi-Fi Service in 2004, and has pioneered the launch of HSCSD, GPRS, MMS, EDGE, Video Sharing and "3G Mobile TV" in Hong Kong.

In April 2006, CSL and New World Mobility officially merged. For more information about CSL, please visit www.hkcsl.com.
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