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Nokia wins a 3G network expansion contract from Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom

(PresseBox) (Espoo, Finland, ) Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (CHT) has awarded a turnkey network expansion contract to Nokia. The deal expands CHT's WCDMA 3G and HSDPA network coverage and paves the way for smooth network evolution. Deliveries and deployment will start immediately.

Under the agreement, Nokia will deploy WCDMA 3G radio and core networks. Nokia will also provide turnkey services including network planning, other support services, deployment and optimization of Nokia HSDPA that was provided earlier. The deal brings Nokia's managed services references to 40 contracts in 31 countries. The network will be supported by, Nokia NetAct(TM) network and service management system.

"This expansion is an important step forward for CHT, as the Taiwanese market is extremely competitive. We need to improve our network capability constantly and keep abreast of mobile technology developments for offering high-quality services to our subscribers," says Mr. Chang Shaio-Tung, Mobile Business Group President, Chunghwa Telecom. "Nokia's complete solutions will enhance our network, improve coverage and enable faster communications services. We are excited about the extensive support that Nokia has provided to make this happen."

"We are proud of winning CHT's expansion contract. It extends the collaboration between Nokia and CHT at a time when 3G services are taking off in Taiwan," says Mike Wang, General Manager, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Networks, Nokia. "This further underlines our leadership in WCDMA networks."

Nokia has been working with Chunghwa Telecom since 1999, and in addition to the WCDMA networks it has supplied the operator's GPRS core network, MMS (Multimedia Messaging) Solution and ADSL for high-speed fixed Internet access. Nokia is the sole supplier for Chunghwa Telecom, providing 3G core and radio network equipment as well as an extensive range of delivery and care services. In 2003, Chunghwa was the first customer in the world to implement Nokia's 3GPP Rel'4 architecture based on IP technology.

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 2004, giving a market share of 38% of total cellular subscribers and 35% of total cellular service revenues in Taiwan as of December 2004.
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