Siemens, Ericsson to Supply Mannesman D2 with 3G

German electronics and engineering giant Siemens AG and Ericsson GmbH have each been hired by Mannesmann D2 Mobilfunk AG to assist in rolling out D2's third-generation (3G) UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) mobile network.

The contract is valued at 500 million euros (US$421.92 million), Siemens and Ericsson said in separate statements Thursday.

By 2002 Siemens will supply and install UMTS network components for D2's 3G mobile network after joint tests are completed in the next few months, Siemens said.

Ericsson will supply D2 with UMTS network infrastructure equipment, Ericsson said. The company is also running UMTS tests with D2 in Düsseldorf.

Siemens, in partnership with D2 since 1990, has already installed digital switching technology, base stations and intelligent network functions in D2's German network, the company said.

Mannesmann D2 Mobilfunk AG is the German mobile subsidiary of Vodafone Group PLC while Ericsson GmbH is the German division of Stockholm-based L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co.

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