Nokia and Cable & Wireless have signed an International Frame Agreement for the supply of GSM and WCDMA 3G radio and core networks, which will enable the operator to gain significant cost savings in the operation of these networks and will allow it to offer the most advanced mobile multimedia services to its customers. And as the company operates in 34 countries across the globe, this agreement will help to increase coverage, capacity and quality in key markets.

The deal covers radio networks, including the Nokia HSDPA solution; core networks, including the 3GPP release 4 compliant mobile softswitch; and services, including the multitechnology NetAct™ solution, which supports both 2G and 3G networks. Francis Mount, chief technology officer, Cable & Wireless International Businesses commented, "Our aim is to offer the very latest mobile multimedia services to our customers. We chose Nokia on the strength of its technology offering and ability to support us globally." In reply Peter Kühne, vice president, Networks, Nokia said, "With Nokia's leading technology, particularly WCDMA 3G and HSDPA, we can bring value and new revenues to Cable & Wireless in deploying new networks globally across the company’s selected markets."