Nokia Wins $170M GSM Contract in Philippines

SINGAPORE (04/04/2000) - Nokia Corp. will expand the potential capacity of the Philippines' largest cellular phone network to 3 million subscribers from its present 1 million under a contract signed with Globe Telecom, Nokia said today in a statement.

This marks phase six of the network's construction, which Nokia began to build for Globe in 1994. The contract is valued at US$170 million, bringing total investment in the network to around $550 million.

Nokia will expand Globe's GSM (global system for mobile communications) 900MHz and 1.8GHz services in Manila and around the main island of Luzon, with work scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Nokia will supply mobile switching centers, home location registers, short messaging centers, base stations, base station controllers, transmission equipment and network management systems, the company said.

Under the upgrade, Globe will expand the geographic reach of its Handyphone GSM services including WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) as well as mobile fax and data. The network also uses Nokia's Intelligent Network technology to provide Globe's prepaid card service and other value-added services, Nokia said.

Under a contract signed last November, Nokia is now delivering a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network for the Handyphone service.

Globe, majority-owned owned by local conglomerate Ayala Corp. with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) holding a 39 percent stake, is the major competitor of national carrier Philippines Long Distance Telecommunications Co.

(PLDT).

Nokia, based in Espoo, Finland, can be contacted at +358-9-5113-8193 or online http://www.nokia.com/.

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