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Nokia Siemens Networks signs EUR 21 million Next-Generation Network IMS contract with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom

(PresseBox) (Espoo, Finland / Taipei, Taiwan, ) Nokia Siemens Networks has sealed a deal with Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s largest telecommunications operator, for its Next Generation Network IMS (NGN IMS). This is the first contract award from Chunghwa for its five-year NGN plan. Nokia Siemens Networks’ expertise will help Chunghwa succeed in the Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) market and be the first operator in Asia-Pacific to introduce IMS-based Voice over IP (VoIP).

Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver to Chunghwa infrastructure and services as part of its IMS Core solution, and will also provide its consumers and business customers VoIP and fixed softswitching solutions. These will let Chunghwa to be the first operator in Asia-Pacific to introduce IMS-based VoIP services. Deliveries will start in December.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ industry-leading FMC solutions provide operators with maximum results by utilizing operators’ existing assets. Chunghwa is both the largest mobile and fixed operator in Taiwan, and aims to work ahead of the market trend by setting a new standard in the telecommunications industry. With Nokia Siemens Networks’ IMS solution, Chunghwa will be able to roll out a wide variety of new and compelling services to subscribers in a cost-effective way. Chunghwa is already using the Nokia Siemens Networks’ 3G, fixed network, and legacy VoIP solutions. The FMC solution will be deployed turnkey, including network implementation and system integration services and warranty for a two year period to ensure the smooth migration. In addition, Chunghwa’s technical staff will get domestic and overseas competence development trainings.

"This is an important and exciting agreement for Chunghwa Telecom, especially this is the first contract for our five-year NGN renewal plan. IMS is a key technology to further develop VoIP services and next generation telecommunications. Chunghwa is proud to be the first operator in Taiwan and in Asia Pacific to deploy IMS-based VoIP," said Mr Hsieh Chun-Ming, President of Taiwan Northern Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom. "Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Chunghwa with its advanced FMC strategy that will further enhance our leadership in both the fixed and mobile markets."

"We’re delighted to be selected as the first partner of Chunghwa Telecom’s NGN project, which is setting a new standard for the telecommunications industry in Taiwan," said Mike Wang, General Manager for Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau subregion, Nokia Siemens Networks. "I’m confident that Chunghwa will continue to enjoy our reliable and efficient solutions. As a technology innovator, we will use our proven expertise in the FMC industry to best support Chunghwa’s leadership in the new telecommunications market."

Nokia Siemens Networks is the industry leader in FMC. It provides end-to-end solutions that will enable a clear, flexible evolution path towards converged, access-agonistic networks with timely service integration based on operators’ existing assets. Nokia Siemens Networks works closely with operators and service providers to reach their goals and its portfolio includes the most comprehensive offering of mobile and fixed soft switching, cable solutions, applications and IMS based solutions.

About Chunghwa Telecom
Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. is the largest telecommunications service provider in Taiwan and has the largest market share in all key business lines. Chunghwa provides an integrated and full range of telecommunications services that include fixed-line, wireless services and Internet and data services. The company is Taiwan's largest cellular service provider in terms of revenues and subscribers. It had 8.2m subscribers as of December 2006, giving a market share of 38% of total cellular subscribers and 35% of total cellular service revenues in Taiwan as of December 2006.