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Hutchison 3G Austria Starts Upgrade to HSPA+

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Hutchison 3G Austria is modernizing its radio access network to be ready for HSPA . Nokia Siemens Networks will undertake this upgrade starting in autumn 2009. Work is expected to be completed in early 2010. As of 2011 the network can be upgraded to LTE.

"Mobile broadband is also one of the most pragmatic solutions to bridging the digital gap between cities and rural areas. For rural areas, mobile broadband coverage is simply less expensive and faster to deploy than "fiber to the home" solutions. We hope that with our nationwide coverage we will contribute significantly to this end." said Berthold Thoma, CEO of Hutchison 3G Austria.

Under the scope of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will upgrade the network, and will also enhance mobile backhaul for Hutchison 3G, and provide it with NetAct network management system.

Financial details were not disclosed.

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