Nokia and Thai operator Advanced Info Service Public Co. Ltd. (AIS) have signed a contract valued at $100 M for the expansion of the operator's GSM/EDGE network, resulting in nationwide coverage for both GSM and EDGE. Nokia will modernize AIS's network infrastructure and support the company in providing innovative and user-friendly services by providing faster rollout and more flexibility.

Under the agreement, Nokia will supply a wide range of its GSM/EDGE radio and core network solutions, including base stations, the MSC Server System mobile softswitch and the Nokia Intelligent Network. The network will be supported by the multivendor, multitechnology Nokia NetAct™ network and service management solution. Wichian Mektrakarn, president of AIS, stated, "We have strong confidence in Nokia's expertise and skills in planning and running GSM/EDGE networks and providing related services, thus allowing us to concentrate on other issues and enabling us to develop our current service offering and prepare us for the implementation of more advanced mobile services in the near future."