Canadians win EUR 1bn Spanish mobile contract

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8 September 2004, MADRID- Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks has won a EUR 1 billion contract to extend a 'third generation' mobile phone network for the mobile giant Vodafone's Spanish unit, it was reported Wednesday.

8 September 2004

MADRID- Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel Networks has won a EUR 1 billion contract to extend a 'third generation' mobile phone network for the mobile giant Vodafone's Spanish unit, it was reported Wednesday.

Spanish business paper Cinco Dias reported the deal, quoting unnamed sources close to the deal.

Cinco Dias said Nortel is the sole winner of the contract, for which Nokia Corporation and Ericsson were also competing.

Vodafone Espana declined to comment on the report, saying only that Nortel was its usual supplier.

The Spanish mobile operator plans to install 5,000 relay antennas by 2007 during the second phase of its next-generation mobile network expansion.

In 2000, Nortel had won a contract worth 300 million euros to equip Vodafone Espagne's initial UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network.

UMTS, also known as third generation or 3G, is designed to provide e-mail, high-speed Internet surfing and live sound and image broadcasts to compatible handsets.

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Subject: Spanish news

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