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.

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