Nortel Wins in Russia

Russian mobile operator Smarts selects Nortel for a wireless network expansion project in the Krasnodar and Black Sea coast regions

September 13, 2004

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MOSCOW -- SMARTS, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, has selected Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] as its supplier for a wireless network expansion project in the Krasnodar and Black Sea coast regions.

Nortel Networks will overlay SMARTS' current GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)/GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network with new wireless equipment designed to boost network capacity to support up to one million subscribers. The new equipment will also create networking efficiencies that can enable significantly reduced operating costs and increase the number of mobile calls the network can accommodate.

"As a recognized market innovator in the Russian mobile sector, SMARTS is committed to offering superior network services to its rapidly growing customer base," said Gennady Kiryushin, general director, SMARTS. "Nortel Networks proven technology will enhance our network's presence, capacity, quality and ability to support new, innovative wireless services. Nortel Networks is an important part of our continued effort to meet the growing needs and expectations of our diversified clientele."

"This new wireless footprint win is another example of Nortel Networks growing influence in the Russian wireless market," said Igor Marchenko, chief executive officer, Nortel Networks Russia. "SMARTS selection of Nortel Networks for this expansion project is a strong endorsement of the quality and reliability of our solutions, as well as our ability to efficiently expand mobile network coverage and subscriber capacity."

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