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Nokia Siemens Networks strengthens Telkomsel relationship with Frame Contract for Core Softswitch Network expansion and upgrade

(PresseBox) (Jakarta, Indonesia, ) Nokia Siemens Networks will modernize Telkomsel's network to Release 4 architecture with its MSC Server System mobile softswitch solution, which helps the Indonesian operator reduce operating expenses while expanding communications services

Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected to modernize the existing core networks for Telkomsel, the biggest mobile services provider in Indonesia. Under the three-year frame work agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy the latest generation softswitch in across Indonesia.

This is one of the biggest softswitch network modernizations in Asia Pacific, and includes network planning, implementation as well as consulting and system Integration scope of works.

This solution will help Telkomsel evolve seamlessly to an All IP architecture and enable the operator to offer new innovative services such as Voice over IP to their users. The network expansion will increase Telkomsel's network capacity and grow the current delivery of telecommunications services of 52 million subscribers. Additionally, the new solution lets Telkomsel simplify its network architecture, thus lowering operating costs while increasing the efficacy of providing voice and data applications.

A project management team has been tasked to help Telkomsel effectively overcome commercial, operational and technical challenges. Network implementation, consulting and systems integration help optimize spending, allowing Telkomsel to be focused on its core business whilst building and expanding its network.

"Telkomsel will always put the best quality as the first priority in providing the communications services for our subscribers. We believe this agreement will support Telkomsel in providing the best communications services and allow us to operate efficiently and ensure the stability and reliability to maintain the optimum networks performance,'' said Telkomsel VP Procurement & Logistics M. Iswan

"We are delighted to continue our support for Telkomsel in providing communications services in Indonesia," said Arjun Trivedi, Head of Nokia Siemens Networks Indonesia. "With our strong local set up and state-of-art solution, this modernization project will enable Telkomsel to meet the new challenges, especially in the tough competitive climate in telecommunications industry."

Added Trivedi, "While we have made significant headway in the market, we are also continually exploring new ways to drive environmental sustainability and reduce costs for our customers."

Nokia Siemens Networks will start to deliver its solutions and services in May 2008 and will continue to help Telkomsel maintain its leading position and transform their telecommunications business in Indonesia.

There are currently 190 Nokia Siemens Networks customers using mobile softswitching in over 110 live networks.

About PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel)
Telkomsel is the service leader of cellular telecommunications services in Indonesia with 52 million customers. Telkomsel provides GSM cellular services in Indonesia, through its own nationwide Dual band 900/1800 MHz GSM/GPRS/Wi-Fi/EDGE/3G/HSDPA network, and internationally, through 288 international roaming partner all over the world. Telkomsel is the first operator in Indonesia to launch 3G services in September 2006 and had the biggest 3G community with 4.5 million subscribers in 103 cities. Telkomsel has the largest network coverage of any of the cellular operators in Indonesia, providing network coverage to over 95% of Indonesia's population and is the only operator in Indonesia that covers all of the country's provinces and counties, and all sub-counties ("kecamatan") in Sumatra, Java, Bali, South East Nusa and Kalimantan.

Nokia Siemens Networks

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