Omnitel Vodafone Selects Nortel Networks Wireless Internet Solution for UMTS Network Rollout 

Nortel Networks Now Building UMTS Networks in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy

Omnitel Vodafone , has selected Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSE: NT] to supply Wireless Internet infrastructure equipment and services for its third generation (3G) Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) in Italy. Under terms of an agreement signed today, Nortel Networks will supply radio access infrastructure for deployment in Omnitel's UMTS network beginning later this year. "Time-to-market is vital for success in the race for 3G Wireless Internet," said Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive Officer, Omnitel Vodafone. 

"We plan to launch commercial 3G wireless service within 2002", he added. "We are pleased to work with a leading 3G supplier like Nortel Networks with extensive experience to ensure best-in-class service delivery and achieve our targets." "This is an important win for Nortel Networks in the strategically significant Italian market," said Pascal Debon, president, Nortel Networks EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). "Added to our 3G wins in the UK, Germany, Spain and France, this demonstrates continued customer confidence in our ability to deliver and implement 3G networks to key European markets in a cost-effective manner." 

"The Omnitel agreement gives Nortel Networks a foothold in the potentially lucrative 3G market in Italy," said Maurizio Tucci, Managing Director, Nortel Networks Italy. "In the coming months we plan to develop centers dedicated to Omnitel that will work tightly with our Research and Development center opened last year in Palermo." -more- Nortel Networks has previously announced major UMTS awards from BT Cellnet and One 2 One in the UK, Airtel and Xfera in Spain, T-Mobile in Germany, Cegetel in France, max mobile in Austria and AT&T Wireless in the United States. Nortel Networks solutions are unleashing the potential of the high-performance Wireless Internet. 

These solutions are driven by Nortel Networks 'Wings of Light' strategy, which combines optical, wireless and IP (Internet Protocol) solutions 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 Services Node (BSN); and Nortel Networks Alteon* Web switching. UMTS is designed to provide high-speed access to information, e-mail, real-time video and other Wireless Internet services through a variety of personal, portable devices.

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