First Telecom Announces Supplier for DSL Rollout

First Telecom PLC has tapped Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia to supply equipment for the UK telecommunications company's pan-European Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service, Nokia announced yesterday.

The "first phase" of the deal is worth nearly $A100 million, Nokia said in a statement. Nokia did not disclose how many phases the deal included or the total amount of the contract.

The high-speed broadband access services will first debut in Germany during the third quarter, followed by DSL launches in France and the UK, Nokia said. The companies did not give any specific dates for service rollout, nor did they disclose the total amount invested in the European DSL expansion plans.

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