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Slovak Mobile Operator Globtel to Get Internet Capability

[London, ENGLAND] Mobile technology company Nokia announced Thursday an agreement to supply Slovak operator Globtel with a GPRS core network infrastructure, enabling Globtel's subscribers always-on access to the Internet.

The deal will make Globtel the first mobile operator in Slovakia to have such a capability. It provides for operation of a second-generation network, evolving into a third-generation network over time.

Antti Jarvinen, business development manager of Nokia Networks in Slovakia, said the agreement would strengthen Nokia's position in the Central Eastern European market.

"Nokia has been delivering GPRS systems that support the latest commercial standards, network efficiency and international roaming. And we have done this faster than any other vendor," claimed Jarvinen.

Globtel has been running commercial services for over five years in Slovakia. It is majority-owned (64 percent) by France Télécom, the remaining equity being held by various Slovak state companies including Slovenske elektrarne and Zapadoslovenske energeticke zavody.

At the end of February, Globtel claimed to have more than 0.69 million active customers.

Nokia's GPRS solution is a total package that includes a carrier-class core GPRS system together with applications consultancy and systems integration expertise. The Finnish company has implemented GPRS core networks in Europe, the United States, Asia and China. Of more than 40 networks installed, around half have already begun commercial services.