Nokia's Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC) end-to-end network solution will be launched by T-Mobile International for Europe's first commercial PoC service. The service will be commercially available in Germany in fourth quarter 2004 and will be introduced to other T-Mobile Markets soon. With this deal T-Mobile International becomes the European frontrunner in offering this easy and instant form of mobile communication for its large customer base of both private and business customers.



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Nokia's carrier grade PoC solution provides competitive performance, a variety of features, and a smooth network software upgrade path to the upcoming Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standard for PoC.  

The agreement will further enhance Nokia's strong relationship with T-Mobile International, to which Nokia is a strategic supplier, delivering 3G WCDMA radio access network equipment and services to T-Mobile in Germany, Netherlands and the UK as well as being a key GSM supplier to T-Mobile US and T-Mobile Netherlands.  

"Our long and successful cooperation with Nokia coupled with its market leading PoC solution made Nokia the obvious choice in enabling us to launch this attractive new service for our European subscribers," says Wolfgang Ptacek, Executive Vice President Developement with T-Mobile.

"We are very happy to continue supporting T-Mobile in launching advanced services with the most innovative and robust solutions on the market. This Push-to-talk deal demonstrates Nokia´s leading position in the service platform and core networks area," says Robin Lindahl, Vice President, Networks, Nokia.

With more than 30 operator trials ongoing and commercial contracts with 18 operators, Nokia is leading the market for Push to talk over Cellular.  Nokia's first push to talk terminals, the Nokia 5140 and Nokia 6260 are already commercially available. Nokia has also introduced the Nokia 6170 and Nokia 7270, expected to be shipping before the end of this year. Nokia will continue to introduce push to talk capable GSM phones, including Symbian OS based smart phones.  From 2005 onwards, push to talk will become available for virtually all Nokia GPRS/WCDMA phones.

T-Mobile International is one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications. As one of Deutsche Telekom's four strategic divisions, T-Mobile concentrates on the most dynamic markets in Europe and the United States. June 30 2004, more than 65 million people were using the mobile communications services provided by its majority owned companies alone (T-Mobile Germany, T-Mobile USA, T-Mobile UK, T-Mobile Austria, T-Mobile Netherlands and T-Mobile Czech Republic). And almost 103 million mobile customers are served by subsidiaries and affiliates of the Deutsche Telekom Group. And all that over a common technology platform based on GSM, the world's most successful digital wireless standard. This also makes T-Mobile the only mobile communications provider with a seamless transatlantic service.

For more information about T-Mobile International, please visit  www.t-mobile.net

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com.

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Note to editors
Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) introduces a new, direct one-to-one and one-to-many voice communication service into GSM/GPRS networks.

With Push to talk, mobile phone users can use their mobiles like walkie-talkies, communicating with a selected group or individual with the push of a single button. This simple, direct communication will serve the needs of both business and private users.

Push to talk is especially suited for cases where users need to communicate repeatedly but occasionally with the same group or individual.

Nokia's Push-to-Talk solution offers a full feature set and smooth migration to the upcoming Open Mobile Architecture (OMA) standard and IP multimedia subsystem as standardized in 3GPP.


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