Under a $77 M agreement Nokia is expanding and modernising PORTA’s GSM/EDGE network in Ecuador. To fulfill the agreement Nokia will supply a complete range of GSM/EDGE infrastructure equipment and services to enable the operator to further expand and modernise its network. Deliveries are ongoing and the network is expected to be operational by the end of 2004.

The technology that Nokia and PORTA have introduced to Ecuador is one of the most advanced GSM/EDGE based networks in the Americas. As part of the offering, Nokia will supply its GSM/EDGE core and radio-access network infrastructure. In addition to the network equipment, the company will provide expansions to the Nokia NetAct™ network and service management system, network planning, installation and project management service for efficient network ramp-up, as well as radio network optimisation for enhancing network quality.