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Nokia, First Telecom Brings Broadband DSL to Europe

Two leading communications firms are working together to expand the reach of high-speed Internet access by providing Europeans with digital subscriber line technology (DSL) in a deal worth $60 million.

Nokia (NOK) and First Telecom plc Tuesday signed a contract to deliver equipment to provide high-speed broadband access services using DSL technology.

Under the deal, Nokia's broadband solution will be available to First Telecom customers. The service includes broadband access, network design, business modeling, system integration and roll-out services. In addition, the deal includes additional services including software maintenance, emergency support, operations support and maintenance, the firms said.

"Broadband networks and services are a key step in the Internet revolution and this pan-European deal underlines Nokia's strength as a world leader in Fast Internet Access solutions," said Pekka Vartiainen, senior vice president, Europe and Africa, Nokia Networks.

With DSL access to the Internet, customers can benefit from streaming media, secure remote work and fast Internet access at connection speeds that typically range from 1.5 Mbps to 6/8Mbps.

The service is expected to begin in Germany during the summer, with plans to roll out services in France, the U.K. and other European countries in the coming months.