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Nokia Siemens Networks celebrates first year of operations by playing the leading role in 3G in Latin America

(PresseBox) (São Paulo, Brazil, ) Over 10,000 new Nokia Siemens Networks 3G sites, at 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz frequencies will be in operation in Latin America by the end of 2008. The company has managed to reap the full benefits of the merger in the region and become preferred 3G vendor for many of the top carrier groups throughout the continent with 17 carrier customers to date.

Celebrating its first year of operations, Nokia Siemens Networks has established itself as the leading supplier of 3G infrastructure and services for the operators in Latin America. A preferred vendor of the major regional groups, the company has helped them to quickly deploy their new networks, as they vie for a first mover advantage in these markets.

Regional and local, fixed and mobile operators have been busy preparing themselves for the mounting challenges of offering evermore sophisticated solutions and services to their customers. A major driver is the explosive demand for mobile broadband access and much higher data transfer rates as well as better user experience with 3G.

With the ongoing deployment of 3G networks in most countries in Latin America, operational efficiency and quality of services have become critical drivers for success for incumbent operators in the intense battle for the consumer.

"The demand for 3G technology has been intense and on the rise throughout Latin America. I am happy to report that in this first anniversary we are in our strongest position to meet it," said Christoph Caselitz, Chief Market Operations Officer for Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our deep relationships with all of the major players and our broad and unique portfolio of products and services have granted us the privilege of being at the forefront of most 3G deployments in the region. We provide the WCDMA850/1900 /2100 technology and services for the major operators in the main cities and large areas of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador. Nokia Siemens Networks has strengthened its bonds with its customers, helping them to improve and expand their services at this crucial moment in the market," he continued.

Helping customers with their growing need for operational efficiency and enhanced data capacity of their networks, Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Station WCDMA platform, the industry s smallest and most efficient multi-technology base station with a unique design and architecture, will allow them to minimize network deployment and operational costs. The energy efficiency of Flexi Base Station also underpins Nokia Siemens Networks commitment to environmentally sustainable solutions.

Nokia Siemens Networks offers a full suite of services, from delivery, installation, commissioning and systems integration up to logistics and operation of networks. These services improve efficiency and operational performance, ensure on-time network launch and free the customer to focus on its core business. Managed services is a key area for enabling operators to optimize their end-to-end network performance and to launch new services fast and cost-effectively - Nokia Siemens Networks is a market leader in this business in Latin America.

"The 3G race in the region has just started, and our customers know Nokia Siemens Networks portfolio of solutions will help them stand out in this new competitive landscape", Christoph Caselitz continued.

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.