Nokia and Telecom Italia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for wider cooperation in the area of WCDMA 3G, followed by separate agreements on end-to-end performance optimization, WCDMA 3G terminal cooperation, and supply of a WCDMA radio access network in Italy.
The two companies are co-operating in order to optimize performance for end-user services that utilize WCDMA 3G. Nokia will provide services for end-to-end optimization, from terminals through service platforms, middleware, and across the telecommunications network. Nokia also joins the build out of the TIM Italy WCDMA 3G network with the deployment of a state-of-the-art WCDMA radio access network in five Italian regions.
Nokia began the network deployment during the summer and has met all agreed roll-out and quality targets for the first phase of the deployment.
In the area of WCDMA 3G terminals, TIM and Nokia have expanded their co-operation in terms of design and development requirement sharing, as well as the introduction of new WCDMA/EDGE terminals to the market. Nokia's capability to deliver and optimize a solution end-to-end, from terminals to networks, plus innovative end-user services and new technologies is unique.
TIM and Nokia have also recently successfully trialed High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology, a natural evolution of 3G that offers mobile broadband access to services.