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Nokia Siemens Networks Village Connection wins ‘Excellence in Innovation’ Award at the 2nd TEMA National Telecom Awards

(PresseBox) (Delhi NCR, India, ) Nokia Siemens Networks today announced that its Village Connection solution to provide voice and data access in rural areas, has won the Excellence in Innovation award at the 2nd annual National Telecom Awards ceremony held by the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) on May 16, 2008.

Nokia Siemens Networks Village Connection is a unique GSM and IP-based solution deigned to extend mobile voice and data coverage to rural areas, where it is often economically unviable for telecom service providers to provide access. Village Connection combines technology with business model innovation to create a solution that is easy to implement, and benefits everyone involved. In addition, global telecommunications enabler Nokia Siemens Networks also provides consulting services to operators and service providers analyzing the most appropriate approach to reach rural markets.

Village Connection is a software based solution that comprises GSM Access Points providing village wide coverage. A GSM Access Point forms a complete mini network where local calls are connected directly within the village. These access points can also be linked to regional Access Centers that carry the traffic to and from other mobile or fixed networks. A local entrepreneur hosts the GSM Access Point and interacts with village subscribers on operator's behalf.

"We are extremely proud to have won this prestigious award from TEMA, and remain committed to providing innovative connectivity solutions that help bridge the digital divide across the globe," said Michael Kuehner, Head of Sub-region India, Nokia Siemens Networks.

"Village Connection breaks down the barriers to providing connectivity to rural areas - it extends vital benefits such as access to healthcare and important information to village subscribers. It also creates opportunities for entrepreneurship for the people in the villages," he added.

"Two key factors that made Village Connection stand out in the Innovation category. The first is the system support for local subscriber management in the villages, enabling a franchise-based business model. The second is its solution architecture that eliminates the traditional network hierarchies for traffic between neighboring villages, minimizing the capital and operational expenditure for operators," said N.K.Goyal, Chairman Emeritus, TEMA.

"The key challenge for the rural connectivity is affordability. Typically consumers in rural areas can only spend very little on mobile services. Nokia Siemens Networks has designed the Village Connection solution to address these challenges by combining technology with business model innovation," said Prashant Agnihotri, Head of GSM/EDGE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nokia Siemens Networks' Village Connection Solution is operational in 4 states across India.

About TEMA Established in 1990, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers' Association of India (TEMA) is recognized by the Government of India as the National Apex body to represent telecom Technology Providers, Global and Indian, Private and Government owned companies.

Being the official mouthpiece of Indian telecom manufacturing industry, TEMA plays the critical role of advising the government and influencing decisions relating to Indian telecom industry. TEMA also enjoys the privilege of proposing names of technical experts from the industry to various telecom committees of the Government of India and major national industry associations.

Affiliated to leading international telecom industry and trade associations, including ITU, PTC, AEU, TIA (USA), ATIS (Australia) GAIA (Spain), CCPAK (Korea), ATIS (Singapore), TEEMA (Taiwan), CIAJ (Japan), Open Group (Europe), ITHK (Hong Kong), SCIA (China) and Commonwealth Telecom Organization (CTO), TEMA is playing active role in dissemination and exchange of information with the Government, foreign organizations, embassies, trade missions and Indian missions abroad.

TEMA has membership of more than 150 member companies covering almost 80 per cent of Indian Telecom Equipment Manufacturing. Major Indian players like Bharti, HFCL, Shyam, Tata, Large PSU's like ITI, BHEL, BEL, PUNCOM, SCL and MNC's like Motorola, Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent, Fujitsu, NEC, ADC Krone, D-Link, Agilent, Acterna, Qualcomm, IBM, Texas, Telsima, are already members of TEMA.

Exclusive services offered to TEMA members include, interaction with Government, Policy makers, interaction with various National Confederations of Industries, overseas Delegations, Exhibition Organizers, Market Development Assistance Authorities, Buy-Sell thru TEMA Web Site, Tender Information, Excise and Customs Departments, Telecom Engineering Center for product specifications etc. Our members are exporting a variety of Telecom Equipments to South America, Middle-East, Africa, SAARC, CIS and South East Asian Countries.

About the 2nd Annual National Telecom Awards About Award - 2nd in the Series, TEMA organizes National Telecom Awards on the occasion of World Telecom and Information Society Day. The awards are presented in the category of Exports, Manufacturing, Innovation, R&D etc. These are the only awards in India, presented by a Telecom Association to the Telecom fraternity.

About Nokia Siemens Networks Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com