LONDON (06/12/2000) - The networking division of Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia Corp. Monday signed what it says is its largest ever deal, delivering products and services to Turkish mobile operator Telsim Mobil Telekomünikasyon Hizmetleri AS (Telsim).
The three year, US$900 million deal to upgrade Telsim's 900Mhz GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network will use Nokia's switching equipment, base stations, radio transmissions, and intelligent network solutions to bring enhanced services to 1.5 million customers of Telsim's prepaid services, Nokia Networking said in a statement. This is in addition to the current agreement between Nokia and Telsim, where 3 million prepay customers receive services over Nokia network equipment.
Even with this new contract, Nokia still does not have an exclusive deal with Telsim. "We are the main supplier of switches and base systems, but there are other suppliers," said Riitta Mard, communications manager of Nokia Networks.
Nokia, which will begin delivering the services immediately, will provide everything for the project, from construction and civil works, to employee training and software maintenance.
Nokia estimates that there are now about 9.8 million mobile phone users in Turkey and that the number will pass 15 million mobile subscribers by 2001.
In February, Motorola Inc. announced that it had a three-year contract as the exclusive supplier of 900Mhz infrastructure equipment for the Turkish mobile carrier. Motorola was unavailable for comment.
Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, can be reached at +358-9-5113-8193 or on the Web at http://www.nokia.com/. Telsim, in Istanbul, can be reached at +90-212-288-7850 or on the Web at http://www.telsim.com.tr/.