Espoo, Finland – Nokia has signed an agreement to supply a nationwide EDGE radio network to Swiss operator sunrise, enabling sunrise’s customers to enjoy advanced multimedia mobile services, such as multimedia messaging and live video streaming.
The agreement covers the delivery of Nokia’s newest generation of base stations, the UltraSite, plus relevant turnkey services for network deployment. Deliveries have already begun for the smooth rollout and build up of sunrise’s EDGE network, which is expected to be commercially launched by the end of 2005.
“sunrise, recognized as an innovator in the Swiss market, is committed to providing exciting and user-friendly high quality services, and Nokia has clearly demonstrated its support for this goal,” says Bo Chamberlain, CTO, Executive Director Network. “As the most cost effective solution for greatly expanding the reach of multimedia services, EDGE is key to our aim of providing the best possible mobile service to our existing and future customers throughout Switzerland.”
“For a market innovator such as sunrise, Nokia’s EDGE solution is ideal for enabling advanced mobile services,” says Daniel Clauss, Head of Customer Account Team, Nokia Switzerland. “The deployment of the EDGE network will play an important role in sunrise’s continued success in the Swiss market, and we are pleased to continue our strong relationship with sunrise with this project.”
sunrise is the leading independent telecommunications provider in Switzerland. Over 2.23 million customers enjoy the benefits of sunrise mobile, fixed network, and Internet services. The nationwide GSM dual-band network provides cutting-edge mobile services to over 99% of the population. A wide range of high-quality voice and data services are provided via a high-performance fiber optic network with a total length of more than 7000 kilometers. As a founding member of the Starmap Mobile Alliance, an association of leading European mobile communications providers, sunrise offers its customers access to first-class services even while they are abroad. sunrise is the brand name of TDC Switzerland AG. The TDC Group owns 100% of the share capital of TDC Switzerland AG.
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Notes to editors
EDGE is a truly global 3G technology that brings a seamless coverage and capacity extension for high-end mobile data services, such as streaming, high-quality video/audio clips, browsing and corporate data access. EDGE operates in GSM networks and does not require additional licenses for operators. Nokia has 50 public EDGE network references worldwide, and has launched 44 EDGE-capable terminals.