Nokia claims second place in DSL market

The Finnish telecommunications equipment company Nokia believes it is number two in the DSL (digital subscriber line) infrastructure market, right behind French manufacturer Alcatel SA.

Nokia has announced some 20 agreements to supply DSL networks. Most of those contracts are in the USA and Europe, but the Pacific and the rest of Asia are becoming increasingly important markets, said Arja Suominen, Nokia's vice president of communications. Contracts have also been signed in Taiwan, Thailand, New Zealand and parts of Latin America, she said.

One of the most recent agreements was to supply a broadband access network to the Chinese operator Yunnan Telecom. Nokia was the first manufacturer to gain a Chinese type approval license for its equipment, Suominen said. The agreement in China also covers system integration in cooperation with a Hong Kong-based company, Caripac.com.

The DSL equipment deals are typically smaller-ticket items than the infrastructure deals Nokia signs with GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network operators. The DSL contracts range from around US$1.5 million to around $US15 million dollars, she said.

Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, can be reached at +358-10-5051 or via the Web at http://www.nokia.com/.

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