Vodafone today announces that it has selected Nokia as its 3G network infrastructure partner in Australia and New Zealand.
The decision marks an important step towards the availability of Vodafone's 3G services. With significantly faster data rates and greater capacity, customers will be able to experience the huge benefits of 3G services, by being able to access more services, faster.
The main role of Nokia will be to partner Vodafone in the establishment of 3G network infrastructure. In addition to the provision of infrastructure, Nokia is expected to have a key role in network planning, optimization and operations. The partnership with Nokia is new for Australia and builds on the existing relationship in New Zealand where Vodafone is also out to tender for site acquisition and construction partners.
Thomas Geitner, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Group, said: "The selection of Nokia to supply Vodafone 3G network equipment demonstrates how the global synergies of the Vodafone Group work effectively across the world.
"Vodafone is delighted to utilize Nokia's international expertise, technical skills and local presence as we further evolve mobile services for our customers. 3G networks will allow Vodafone to drive more usage, offer higher quality content and entertainment and increase business productivity through wireless broadband access."