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  • Press release
    Espoo, Finland - June 11, 2007

    Nokia Siemens Networks to help AinaCom launch mobile services rapidly

    Nokia Siemens Networks has won a managed services contract to run AinaCom"s
    mobile core and service platforms, enabling the ICT and media group to launch new end-user services more rapidly and reliably with less risk. The service, which is scheduled to begin in June 2007, includes 24-hour network monitoring.

    Aina Group, a Finnish ICT and media group that is active in print, radio, cable TV and the
    telecommunication sector,has expanded its own mobile service portfolio. The new managed
    services agreement means that Nokia Siemens Networks will take care of operating and
    maintenance services of all platforms. The contract includes remote monitoring and
    troubleshooting via the network operation center. AinaCom has its own mobile core network
    equipment and is buying radio network capacity from other Finnish mobile operators. This full mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model gives freedom for AinaCom to set up its own mobile services.

    The contract extends an existing service contract between AinaCom and Nokia Siemens
    Networks and will enable Aina Group to introduce the new service quicker and keep services up and running for their customers.

    Kari Tavisalo, Director of AinaCom, said: "The key factor in our decision on a managed
    services partner was that Nokia Siemens Networks could bring our mobile service to market as quickly as possible without us having to build up our own operations expertise. Moreover, we can eliminate technological risks, because we have agreed service levels, including the maximum time needed for error elimination. We also want to reach scale benefits by using Nokia Siemens Networks" global services."

    José Costa e Silva, head of the Services Business Unit at Nokia Siemens Networks, said:
    "The fact that we can provide the services necessary for operation in addition to supplying
    the infrastructure plays a major role for our customers. It allows them to minimize their
    investment requirement and concentrate fully on customer acquisition and business

    Nokia Siemens Networks has 20 years" experience in managed services for fixed and mobile networks, plus unrivalled technical, engineering and operational know-how. The company is one of the largest providers in this market with more than 160 combined managed services contracts worldwide, serving more than 130 million subscribers globally. Nokia Siemens Networks has a proven multivendor experience and Fixed-Mobile- Convergence competence and offers the most extensive portfolio of services and solutions that can help operators win new business opportunities through higher efficiency and novel ways to generate new revenue.

    About Aina Group
    Aina Group specializes in consumer and business communication solutions with two
    business areas: media and ICT. Hämeen Sanomat Oy and its subsidiaries specializes in
    media and AinaCom Oyj practises ICT business. In 2006, Group sales totalled EUR 97,0
    million and the average number of employees (full-time equivalents) was 612. The parent
    company of the Group is Aina Group Oyj.

    About Nokia Siemens Networks
    Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The
    company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network
    infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service
    professionals worldwide. The combined pro-forma net sales of ?17.1 billion in fiscal year
    2006 make Nokia Siemens Networks one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure
    companies. Nokia Siemens Networks has operations in some 150 countries and is
    headquartered in Espoo, Finland. It combines Nokia"s Networks Business Group and the
    carrier related businesses of Siemens Communications.

    Media enquiries

    AinaCom Oy
    Kari Tavisalo
    Director, Networks and Service Production
    Phone: +358 40 868 4204

    Nokia Siemens Networks
    Christina Dinné
    Communications Services Business Unit
    Phone: +49 89 722 53005

    Riitta Mård
    Media relations
    Phone: +358 50 514 9718

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