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Nokia Wins $150 Million Wireless Contract

Smart and Nokia Thursday inked a $150 million contract that will expand the wireless capabilities of Smart's network in the Philippines.

The two companies will deploy the Nokia General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) core network solution, expand the Smart's GSM network, and add the Nokia Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) platform to Smart's system.

Nokia will expand the range of Smart's GSM services with Nokia's Mobile Switching Centres (MSCi), Home Location Registers (HLR), Short Message Service (SMS) Centres, base stations, and customer service support.

To upgrade its IP infrastructure, Smart has contracted Nokia (NOK) to deploy both the Nokia Serving and Gateway GPRS Support Nodes and the Nokia Charging Gateway.

"The acquisition of these new systems puts SMART at the forefront in providing cutting-edge services to users who are looking for more sophisticated value added services," said Orlando B. Vea, SMART Communications, Inc.'s president and CEO.

Smart Communications, Inc., is an ISP and mobile phone joint venture between First Pacific, NTT and local investors.