Nokia wins Japanese 3G contract

Nokia has been awarded a contract to build a 3G (third-generation) mobile network for Japan's third-largest mobile carrier, J-Phone Communications Co. Ltd., the company announced Monday. Nokia will supply packet switching system and radio-access network (RAN) equipment for J-Phone's W-CDMA (Wideband Code-Division Multiple Access)-based 3G network.

Nokia had previously been contracted to provide RAN equipment to two J-Phone subsidiaries: J-Phone West and J-Phone East. Under terms of the latest contract, Nokia will also construct the first phase of a mobile-packet switching system for J-Phone Central and J-Phone West. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Awarded a license to offer 3G services in June 2000, J-Phone, in which Japan Telecom Co. Ltd. and Vodafone Group PLC are leading shareholders, is expected to launch its 3G services starting from June 2002. That follows a March announcement in which the company said the rollout of its 3G services would be delayed by six months as a result of slow hardware development.

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