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Nortel to Supply GSM/GPRS Access Solutions to Centertel
Posted: 19-Aug-2002 [Source: Nortel press release]

[Nortel contracts to be exclusive provider of GPRS access equipment for PTK Centertel in southern Poland to tune of US$79 million.]

Warsaw, Poland -- Nortel Networks will be the exclusive provider of GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) access equipment for PTK Centertel in southern Poland under a three-year, estimated US$79 million (80 million Euro) supply agreement announced today.

The agreement also includes installation and network support services for Centertel, a France Telecom and Telekomunikacja Polska SA affiliate and operator of the Idea network in Poland.

The network deployment will help Centertel to increase network capacity to support a growing subscriber base. The dual band network deployment is designed to ensure highly effective use of radio spectrum through improved sensitivity and advanced radio features. Network enhancements will position Centertel to reduce capital and operating costs and improve service quality for consumers in the south of Poland.

"This month, Centertel reached a total of more than 3.6 million subscribers on our Idea network," said Jean-Marc Vignolles, vice president, PTK Centertel. "Our objectives are to fuel continued rapid growth with the introduction of advanced data services, and to become the second largest GSM operator in Poland by the end of the year."

"We consider Nortel Networks to be one of our key suppliers," Vinolles said. "Their competencies and products provide us with the necessary support to enable our rapid expansion in the wireless data market."

"We are proud to be recognised by Centertel for our wireless and data expertise," said Vivian Hudson, general manager, GSM/GPRS, Nortel Networks. "This win further enhances our relationship with France Telecom's mobile affiliate in Poland."

"Central and Eastern Europe are among the fastest growing markets in the region, and offer tremendous potential," Hudson said. "We believe our extensive expertise in data technologies and our capability to drive wireless evolution, combined with our strong positions in CDMA, GSM and UMTS, are helping our customers to achieve a lower cost of network ownership."

Nortel Networks has deployed 80 GSM/GPRS networks with operators in 41 countries.

Nortel Networks has been providing GSM and GPRS access equipment and services to Centertel since 1997, and packet backbone solutions for the company's wireless networks since 2001. Centertel is the operator of two mobile phone networks in Poland -- digital Idea, which supports more the 3,600,000 users; and NMT450i, an analogue network that can serve more than 250,000 customers.

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