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Nokia signs deal with Orange

Orange successfully bid for a UMTS licence in December Keystone Archive

The Finnish telecommunications company, Nokia, has signed a deal with Switzerland's Orange to provide the company with a third-generation mobile phone network.

The three-year agreement is worth SFr245 million ($144 million) and follows similar deals that Nokia has sealed in Australia, Britain, France, Germany and Italy.

Nokia will build the core network as well as supplying a range of related support services.

Orange, whose main shareholder is France Telecom, received one of four Swiss UMTS licences in December that will allow it to operate a third generation mobile phone network.

With transmission speeds nearly 40 times the existing standard, the UMTS system will enable handsets to be used more like computers with access to the Internet, video and e-mails.

swissinfo with agencies

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