Racing to 3G

Australia's race towards third-generation (3G) mobile networks has begun.

First off the rank with details on how they will deliver their 3G network, Cable & Wireless Optus has announced a seven-year $900 million infrastructure deal with Nokia.

Nokia will be the sole supplier of Optus' 3G network, including the supply of 3G RAN (radio access network), for both wideband code-division multiple access (WCDMA) and enhanced data GSM environment (EDGE), as well as their 3G circuit and packet core network.

Paul O'Sullivan, managing director for Optus Mobile said: "With Nokia as our vendor we are confident that we can deliver a world-class and cost-effective network which is 3G capable when the spectrum is cleared in late 2002."

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