Nokia bags big 3G deal down under

10 May 2004

The Vodafone Group has contracted Finland’s Nokia to begin building W-CDMA third-generation (3G) networks for its subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand. Under the agreement, the value of which has not been disclosed, Nokia will supply and install complete 3G core and radio networks, as well as replace key network elements of Vodafone Australia’s existing GSM and GPRS networks with Nokia switching equipment. Deliveries are set to begin at the end of May, with the launch of 3G services scheduled to take place in mid-2005.