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Telecel Vodafone Signs UMTS Network Agreement With Nortel Networks
Posted: 23-Jul-2001 [Source: Nortel press release]

[Nortel to supply an end-to-end UMTS solution for Vodafone affiliate, Telecel, in Porugal.]

Lisbon, Portugal -- Telecel, a Vodafone affiliate, has signed a two-year agreement with Nortel Networks [NYSE/TSE: NT] to supply third generation (3G) UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) equipment and services in Portugal.

Nortel Networks will supply an end-to-end UMTS solution based on its industry-leading wireless access and packet core solutions. These solutions use Nortel Networks extensive experience in CDMA (code division multiple access) networks and packet switching technology.

The Telecel agreement reinforces Nortel Networks leadership position in the 3G market in Europe, and in Iberia where Nortel Networks has now secured four UMTS awards. It also extends Nortel Networks relationship with the Vodafone Group. Airtel and Omnitel, also Vodafone affiliates, have selected Nortel Networks as a 3G infrastructure supplier as well.

"Our Wireless Internet solutions deliver time-to-market and technological advantage to new and existing operators," said Pascal Debon, president, Nortel Networks EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Nortel Networks has now announced nine UMTS awards in Europe, including incumbent operators BT, T-Mobile, One 2 One, max.mobil, Telecel, Omnitel and Airtel and 'greenfield' providers Xfera and ONI WAY, as well as AT&T Wireless in the United States.

The Telecel agreement is also further evidence of Nortel Networks lead in supplying packet core infrastructure for UMTS networks. Nortel Networks packet core solution will position operators to differentiate themselves in the market with personalized content and applications.

Nortel Networks solutions are designed to unleash the potential of service providers to profit from the high-performance Wireless Internet. These solutions are driven by Nortel Networks 'Wings of Light' strategy, which combines optical, wireless and IP (Internet Protocol) to help operators provide highly reliable, high-speed access to broadband Internet services virtually 'anytime, anywhere.'

Nortel Networks UMTS solutions include: Nortel Networks e-mobility Internet base transceiver stations (BTS) for wide area radio coverage; packet-based core networks featuring Nortel Networks Passport multiservice switches; Nortel Networks Preside services management; Nortel Networks Shasta 5000 Broadband Service Node (BSN); and Nortel Networks Alteon Web switching.

Nortel Networks is a global leader in networking and communications solutions and infrastructure for service providers and corporations. The company is at the forefront of transforming how the world communicates, exchanges information and profits from the high performance Internet through capabilities spanning the Optical Internet, Wireless Internet, Intelligent Internet and IP (Internet Protocol) technologies and services. Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries and can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.

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