No Kidding

Mobile phones arent the only things Nokia is into, the cell phone giant is now gearing to wire up Sri Lankas telco industry.
On Tuesday Nokia said it had signed up with Sri Lankas diversified giant John Keells (JKH) to push its range of GSM and other next generation cellular network infrastructure solutions here and in the Maldives. rn

rnNokias Asia Pacific Area Vice President Bob Bird said the local cellular market was tipped to post big growth rates, similar to markets like Vietnam. rn

rnHis comments are supported by industry forecasts of over 3 million walking phone connections by year 2005, from just over one million subscribers now. rn

rnAlready, Sri Lanka Telecoms cellular subsidiary Mobitel is migrating to a GSM/EDGE enabled network to capture over one million customers before 2005, with its Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala also saying that his team expects the industry to grow to over three million customers in two to three years. rn

rnMobitel just completed its phase one of its 1800 MHz