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mm02 Selects Nortel and Nokia to Supply UMTS Network
Posted: 16-Apr-2002 [Source: WAPsight]

[mm02 also announced an agreement outsourcing its entire mobile network operations in the Netherlands, Telfort Mobiel, to Ericsson. ]

mm02 announces agreements with both Nokia and Nortel to be its two major supplier of GPRS and UMTS equipment and services for its European networks. In addition, mm02 announced an agreement with Ericsson for outsourcing it's Netherlands Telfort Mobiel network operations.

Nortel Networks existing 3G contract has been extended to include 2.5G and 3G core networks and access solutions across additional European networks. These networks will include 2.5G core networks in the UK, Isle of Man, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. 3G core networks will be supplied in the UK, Isle of Man, Germany and Ireland and GSM communications solutions for Digifone in Ireland and Viag Interkom in Germany. mmO2 and Nortel Networks anticipate completion of definitive agreements in the second quarter of 2002. Until then, the current supply agreement, announced in May 2000, will remain in effect.

mm02 also announced an agreement with Nokia to supply a minimum of 30 percent of 3G radio-access network equipment for mm02's BT Cellnet network in the UK, Viag Interkom's network in Germany, and Digifone's network in Ireland. Nokia will also remain as the major GSM supplier to mmO2 networks as part of the agreement. The agreement is subject to final contractual commitments between the two parties.

mm02 also announced an agreement with Ericsson regarding outsourcing it's mobile network operations in the Netherlands, Telfort Mobiel. Under this agreement Ericsson will manage daily network operations as well as manage planning, design and implementation. Ericsson supplied the majority of Telfort's current network. Additional arrangements have been made with Ericsson for the rollout of its future 3G network.

02's CEO for Telfort, Ton aan de Stegge, said "The agreement is a new step in our 02 strategy in which we can focus more and more on our business, in other words offering our customers the services they wants, and less on running an increasingly complex technology." This is part of an incentive by mm02 to reduce capital spending costs over five years by EUR600 million.

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