|T-Mobile USA announces WCDMA 3G equipment agreements|
Posted: 27-Nov-2006 [Source: Ericsson, Nokia]
[T-Mobile USA selects Ericsson and Nokia as key equipment and service providers for its WCDMA 3G network upgrade - contingent upon the FCC award of AWS spectrum to T-Mobile. Rollout scheduled to begin next year.]
Redmond, WA -- Ericsson was selected for its turnkey network rollout and to serve as the prime radio provider for WCDMA 3G services in certain markets, including New York City which is scheduled to be operational in 2007. The agreement is contingent upon the award of AWS spectrum to T-Mobile USA.
In addition, Ericsson will deliver a wide array of services including network planning, civil construction, installation, testing and network optimization.
Nokia has signed a contract with T-Mobile USA, Inc. to supply third generation wireless equipment and services to support T-Mobile's WCDMA 3G rollout in the U.S., contingent upon the FCC's award of AWS spectrum. Nokia is delivering its industry-defining Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station optimized for T-Mobile's newly acquired AWS spectrum bands. The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station's innovative, modular platform will yield significant site and operating cost savings.
T-Mobile will be the first U.S. operator to deploy the fully HSPA capable Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station. The Nokia Flexi WCDMA Base Station enables easy deployment of WCDMA 3G in multiple spectrum bands with significantly lower base station site expenditures.
"Due to its small and modular design, the Nokia Flexi Base Station gives T-Mobile USA adaptable deployment options while delivering full capacity and future evolution capabilities," said Ari Lehtoranta, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Nokia. "T-Mobile's selection confirms its confidence in Nokia's ability to deliver innovative, end-to-end WCDMA 3G solutions."
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