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Press Release -- September 5th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks helps Polkomtel increase mobile broadband coverage

Warsaw, Poland – September 5, 2012

Modernizes Radio Access Network and expands HSPA+ and LTE networks

Polkomtel, the Polish operator of the Plus network, along with its partner operator Aero2, have selected Nokia Siemens Networks for modernizing and expanding their GSM, HSPA+ and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to provide better coverage and advanced voice and data services for mobile broadband users. The companies signed a framework agreement covering delivery, integration and maintenance of the operators’ mobile access network. A separate agreement for care services has also been signed.

“Polkomtel is currently looking into significant investments. I’m convinced that Nokia Siemens Networks, which has been our long-time partner, will allow us to meet any challenges”, said Tobias Solorz, member of the board of Polkomtel Sp. z o.o.

“The growing popularity of smartphones is putting huge pressure on operators’ networks. At the same time, customers’ service expectations are increasing”, said Dietmar Heinrichs, head of the Polkomtel customer business team at Nokia Siemens Networks. “As the world’s mobile broadband specialist and leader in LTE commercial deployment, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its innovative technology and global experience to support Polkomtel and Aero2 in offering best-in-class mobile services.”

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks modernizes Polkomtel’s GSM network and expands the mobile broadband coverage with HSPA+ in the 900 MHz and LTE initially in the 1800 MHz frequency band. The company also modernizes the existing Radio Access Network (RAN) with its Single RAN platform based on all IP solutions. The deployed products include the energy-efficient, high capacity Flexi Multiradio Base Station and the advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.

The deployment will also include an upgrade and extension of Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct network management system, which enables consolidated and effective monitoring, management and optimization of Polkomtel’s and Aero2’s GSM, 3G and LTE networks. It also helps reduce network energy consumption.

With 63 commercial references in place for the delivery of LTE and 206 WCDMA radio customers, Nokia Siemens Networks is number one in the world in mobile broadband.

For more information and a video overview on Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile broadband capabilities, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #LTE.

About Polkomtel

Polkomtel is one of the largest mobile telecommunications network operators in Poland, providing its services under Plus brand. Polkomtel currently serves nearly 14 million subscribers, focusing on contract segment mainly, where it holds the leading position with a market share of approx. 30%. Since the beginning of its operations, Polkomtel has been the pioneer in implementing latest technological and data communication solutions on the Polish market. Thanks to such technologies as HSPA, HSPA+, CDMA or older 2G and 3G technologies over 99% of Poland’s population has Internet access which is available not only in the biggest cities, but also in less urbanized areas. Based on cooperation with Midas Group, Polkomtel is also the only Polish mobile network operator providing ultrafast Internet access based on LTE technology.

About Aero2

Aero2 is a part of the Warsaw Stock Exchange-listed NFI Midas capital group. The company is using radio frequencies in 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz ranges as well as telecommunications infrastructure allowing it to provide data services in LTE and HSPA+ technologies. In 900 MHZ range, it to offers HSPA+ technology mobile broadband access as a wholesaler. The service is available to about 80% of the Polish population and covers nearly 60% of Poland. Moreover, in cooperation with other companies of the Midas Group, it has become the first company to offer data services in the ultrafast technology of LTE 1800.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011.

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