Orange Announces UMTS Network Supplier Selection

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Orange SA

    LONDON and PARIS, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange SA, Europe's number two
 mobile operator, today announced the award of contracts for its UMTS radio
 access network (RAN) requirements in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
     Nokia will supply the RAN network in the United Kingdom, Nokia and
 Alcatel/Fujitsu in France and Nokia/Ericsson in Germany.
     The award follows Orange's announcement last October that Alcatel,
 Ericsson and Nokia had been approved as worldwide suppliers to the new
 enlarged Orange group.  France Telecom and Orange's comprehensive integration
 program is expected to deliver significant group-wide synergies.  Today's
 announcement represents a significant contribution towards the intended
 group-wide synergies of over 800 million euros per year by 2003.
     Jean-Francois Pontal, CEO of Orange, said: "In concluding these contracts
 with key global suppliers, Orange has created a powerful base on which to
 deliver its vision of the wirefree future offering our customers a range of
 life services which will make their Orange phone a remote control for life."
     Orange and France Telecom R&D have in recent months been sharing the
 results of their respective UMTS trials conducted at their respective 3G
 testbed facilities.  In June 1999, Orange was the first UK mobile phone
 network to make a live UMTS video call, and France Telecom R&D has been
 testing 3G multimedia services with integrated voice, data and full-motion
 video.
     UMTS RAN investment in the UK and France is likely to exceed 750 million
 Euros during the three year period covered by these contracts.  Detailed
 network rollout plans have not been finalized.
 
 

SOURCE Orange SA
    LONDON and PARIS, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange SA, Europe's number two
 mobile operator, today announced the award of contracts for its UMTS radio
 access network (RAN) requirements in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
     Nokia will supply the RAN network in the United Kingdom, Nokia and
 Alcatel/Fujitsu in France and Nokia/Ericsson in Germany.
     The award follows Orange's announcement last October that Alcatel,
 Ericsson and Nokia had been approved as worldwide suppliers to the new
 enlarged Orange group.  France Telecom and Orange's comprehensive integration
 program is expected to deliver significant group-wide synergies.  Today's
 announcement represents a significant contribution towards the intended
 group-wide synergies of over 800 million euros per year by 2003.
     Jean-Francois Pontal, CEO of Orange, said: "In concluding these contracts
 with key global suppliers, Orange has created a powerful base on which to
 deliver its vision of the wirefree future offering our customers a range of
 life services which will make their Orange phone a remote control for life."
     Orange and France Telecom R&D have in recent months been sharing the
 results of their respective UMTS trials conducted at their respective 3G
 testbed facilities.  In June 1999, Orange was the first UK mobile phone
 network to make a live UMTS video call, and France Telecom R&D has been
 testing 3G multimedia services with integrated voice, data and full-motion
 video.
     UMTS RAN investment in the UK and France is likely to exceed 750 million
 Euros during the three year period covered by these contracts.  Detailed
 network rollout plans have not been finalized.
 
 SOURCE  Orange SA