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Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade the mobile network of the E-Plus Group

(PresseBox) (Espoo, Finland / Munich, Germany, ) Nokia Siemens Networks and Germany’s mobile operator E-Plus Group have extended their frame cooperation to cover an expansion and upgrade of the E-Plus 3G radio network until 2010. The upgrade will allow the operator to increase network capacity and to offer new, high-quality services to its customers.

Nokia Siemens Networks will expand E-Plus’ radio access network by means of its market-leading Flexi Base Stations, according to the recently approved letter of intent. Nokia Siemens Networks also will provide the E-Plus Group with its microwave transmission equipment for the transport network.

Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Station is the industry’s smallest and most efficient multi-technology radio access platform with a unique modular design and architecture, supporting different radio standards. At the E-Plus Group, it will be used for the expansion of the network using GSM and WCDMA (Wideband Code-Division Multiplex Access) technologies.

The energy efficiency of the Flexi Base Station underpins Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to environmentally sustainable solutions for radio access networks. The platform is also ready for upgrades to future radio standards and a maximum use of the existing modules, which enables a maximum of investment protection.

“The E-Plus Group is a very significant and one of the most important customers for Nokia Siemens Networks in Europe,” said Hartmut Mueller-Leitloff, a regional head at Nokia Siemens Networks. “The continuation of such kind of cooperation allows us to understand perfectly our customers’ needs and to respond to their requirements with tailored, state-of-the-art solutions.”

About the E-Plus Group

With 15 million customers the E-Plus Group is the third-largest mobile network operator in Germany and a member of the KPN Group. The company has been the fastest and most profitable growing provider in the German market in 2006 and 2007.
With the launch of brands like BASE, simyo, Ay Yildiz and vybemobile the company has developed from a single brand to a brand group. Further partnerships with successful companies from other industries strengthen the sales strategy. These new initiatives have gathered more than 7.6 million customers since summer 2005.
The company has 2,200 employees in Germany and achieves annual revenues of 3 billion euros.

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