Nokia is to provide packet microwave technology to state and local governments across the US as it looks to make good on a promise to reach out to non-telco customers.

NASPO ValuePoint, the purchasing cooperative of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, has signed up the Finland-based vendor to help modernise “mission-critical” communications networks for the likes of first responders and public safety officials.

The deal, financial details of which were not disclosed, contains “pre-approved prices and terms”, Nokia said.

This would “greatly simplify” the contracting and negotiation process, the company added.

Specifically, Nokia is supplying its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio and associated management platform.

Bob Fennelly, Head of Public Sector Business, North America, at Nokia, said: "Our government customers are seeing the benefits of the shift toward a digital society, which offers a variety of improvements to the efficiency of their operational teams.

“We believe that our full-packet multi-service microwave platforms are a key element in building the networks that not only satisfy today's rigorous demands but also facilitate the evolution to future applications."

Last year, Nokia announced plans to target verticals away from telecoms as it looks to get its financial performance back on track.

Sales fell four percent in the first three months of this year, after declining 10 percent in 2016, while it reduced its net loss to €435 million.

Announcing deals with internet company Xiaomi and Portugal’s national railway infrastructure operator at Mobile World Congress in February, Nokia

CEO Rajeev Suri said finding the right salespeople was his biggest challenge.

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