Nokia picks up Smart 3G contract

18 Jan 2006

Finnish equipment manufacturer Nokia has been selected to supply a third-generation (3G) mobile network for Smart Communications in the Philippines. Smart, a unit of national fixed line operator Philippines Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT), said the agreement covers the supply of 3G radio access and core network equipment, 3G upgrades to existing circuit and packet switched networks, and other related services. No financial details were disclosed.

In a separate story, Digitel Mobile Philippines, the parent company of Sun Cellular, says that plans to deploy its 3G network are under way and that its core network – based on NGN technology tcapable of supporting W-CDMA services – will enable it to provide a speedy upgrade to high speed services. The company’s senior vice president for legal services Atty Bill Pamintuan said: ‘The 3G capability of our network can be readily activated, thus simplifying the rollout of 3G infrastructure’. Digitel Mobile’s sister company Digitel Local Exchange Carrier was the first operator in the country to invest in third-generation infrastructure.