Telenor Pakistan, Nokia expand network

Several of Pakistan's regions, together with capital city Islamabad, are set to experience an expansion of their networks.

Telenor Pakistan has signed a contract with Nokia to extend their existing frame agreement on GSM radio network equipment and services until 2009. Nokia and Telenor Pakistan have announced that they will be extending their existing frame agreement on GSM radio network equipment and services until 2009.

Over this new three-year period, Nokia will deliver +2000 base stations, while continuing to plan, build and manage the radio network in close association with Telenor Pakistan. The cooperation aims at increasing Telenor Pakistan's network coverage and capacity in most of Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan- Administered Kashmir and northern regions of Pakistan, including the capital city of Islamabad.

Under the agreement, Nokia will provide Telenor Pakistan with its state-of-the art radio and transmission network, including microwave radios. A wide range of services will support the radio network roll-out and operation, including turnkey maintenance services, hardware support services, and services for the deployment of the GSM network, including network planning, site acquisition, civil works and telecom implementation.

Under the arrangement Nokia will also provide competence-development services to Telenor Pakistan, while the network continues to be supported by the multi-vendor, multi-technology Nokia NetAct network and service management system. Deliveries have started.

* Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 115 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and contributes to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

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