Nokia Supports Polkomtel in Launching HSDPA in Poland
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Press release date: November 23, 2006
ESPOO, Finland, November 23 -- Nokia has supported Polish mobile operator Polkomtel in launching its commercial High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) network in the Warsaw area. The Nokia HSDPA solution enables Polkomtel to offer its customers mobile data services at speeds of up to five times faster than its current WCDMA speed and still operate the network in a cost-efficient way.
"We at Polkomtel take pride in offering our customers the best quality and the most advanced services, so upgrading our 3G network to HSDPA was a natural step," says Thomas Eberle, Chief Technical Officer, Polkomtel. "Rapid rollout capability and technical expertise are extremely valuable when introducing new services to our customers. We have the Nokia WCDMA 3G network, so upgrade to HSDPA only required new software, which allowed us to launch HSDPA services extremely easily and fast."
"We are delighted that Polkomtel selected Nokia's solutions and professional services to support their commercial HSDPA service launch in Poland," says Giuseppe Donagemma, Senior Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "Our solution enables Polkomtel to introduce mobile broadband services to their customers, thus enhancing subscriber loyalty and generating additional revenue."
Polkomtel and Nokia have worked together since 1996. Nokia supplies the HSDPA under extension of the existing frame agreement for GSM/EDGE and WCDMA 3G, signed in 2005.
In WCDMA 3G, Nokia has 63 customers to date. High performance Nokia HSPA is a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, thus enabling a fast, cost-effective rollout. Nokia HSPA is made up of two key technologies, HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) and HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), enabling true mobile broadband with breakthrough data speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.8 Mbps in the uplink.
Nokia HSDPA offers almost 10-times faster data services than current 3G networks, generating an enhanced service experience. Nokia is a leader in the HSDPA market, with a large number of HSDPA contracts. Many network operators have already opened their HSDPA networks with the Nokia solution.
Polkomtel S.A. (a joint stock company) is one of three mobile telephony operators in Poland, marketing its services under three brand names: Plus, Simplus and Sami Swoi. Polkomtel has pioneered innovative mobile-technology-based services on the Polish market. Among other notable achievements, it was the first company to offer UMTS service (September 2004), MMS messaging and voice-based access to SMS messages to its customers.
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