Orange, Nokia Extend U.K. Contract By US$317M

LONDON (04/06/2000) - Nokia Corp. today announced that it will extend its infrastructure relationship with U.K. mobile provider Orange PLC by an additional 200 million pounds (US$317 million).

The extended contract includes the continued supply of base station equipment using the GSM (global system for mobile communications) standard, as well as the Finnish mobile phone company's UltraSite and MetroSite technologies, which are designed to bring an easy transition when upgrading to third-generation (3G) networks.

The UltraSite and MetroSite triple-mode base family brings the GSM, EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) and WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) standards into a single base station. Nokia will also supply additional network installation services to Orange, Nokia said in a written statement today.

The mobile phone carrier currently has more than 5 million customers and 6,900 existing base stations in the U.K., the statement said.

Orange is currently bidding for one of the five U.K. licenses that will give it rights to operate a 3G network for 20 years. Its current bid is 2.59 billion pounds.

Orange, in London, can be contacted at +44-1246-454-339, or at http://uk.orange.net. Nokia, based in Espoo, Finland, can be contacted at +358-9-5113-8193 or online at http://www.nokia.com/.

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