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Nokia Siemens Building a 3G Network in French Polynesia

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The new operator, Mara Telecom, has signed an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks to design, build and operate a complete greenfield mobile network in order to offer 3G HSDAP services in French Polynesia. Within three years, the project is expected to serve up to 100,000 subscribers in the main islands of the French Polynesia.

Mara Telecom, the first mobile network operator to be granted a 3G license in French Polynesia, aims to be commercially operational by December 2008

"We have a full confidence in Nokia Siemens Networks' equipment and professional services. Based on the long relationship between the two companies we believe they will provide us with a strong and reliable support for the success of Mara Telecom project," said Julien Siu, President, Mara Telecom.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Mara Telecom with a 3G end-to-end solution, including network equipment, applications and a full range of services, comprising network design, implementation, operation as well as training and competence transfer.

There is currently only one operator in French Polynesia, Tikiphone. According to estimates from the Mobile World, that operator ended last year with around 171,700 subscribers - representing a population penetration level of just over 18%.

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