Orange Slovensko selects Nortel to power its EDGE services in Slovakia

February 24, 2005

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PARIS -- Orange Slovensko has launched a high data rate business and consumer service in Slovakia based on EDGE (Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution) technology from Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT). The service is positioned by Orange Slovensko as an alternative to fixed broadband Internet access solutions.

Compared to GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), EDGE offers on average up to three times the data throughput, a rate comparable to fixed DSL (digital subscriber line) connection speeds.

The first of the EDGE services from Orange Slovensko was launched in December 2004 for its corporate customers, aimed at enhancing the company's existing corporate VPN (virtual private network) offer based on the concept of the mobile office. Following this successful service launch, Orange Slovensko announced a mass market consumer EDGE service in January 2005.

"Working with Nortel, we are taking a big step in enhancing the lives of our Slovakian customers to get fast access to the Internet and broadband data applications," said Dana Prekopova, chief technology officer, Orange Slovensko. "Nortel's technology is extremely reliable. It provides an excellent evolution to our network and it is an extremely competitive offering."

"Once we had made a decision to work with Nortel, they backed up our choice with excellent service, taking only two weeks to implement EDGE on our network, rapidly enabling us to offer services to our customers," Prekopova said.

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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