Siemens Builds Out Columbia

Siemens to build a national GSM/GPRS/EDGE mobile network for Colombia Móvil under a contract worth over $65M

June 24, 2003

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MUNICH -- Siemens is building a complete GSM/GPRS 1900 mobile network for mobile operator Colombia Móvil in Colombia - as sole supplier. The Colombian operator has chosen the mobile Group of Siemens (Siemens mobile) also to equip its network with EDGE technology. This is the fourth EDGE contract Siemens mobile has concluded around the world. The order is worth morethan65 million US dollars.

Siemens mobile is supplying and installing transmit and receive stationsaswell as switching technology for Colombia Móvil's GSM/GPRS 1900 networkandequipping the network with EDGE technology. Based on the GSM standard,EDGE(Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) permits even higher data rates than GPRS. The technology enables mobile operators to offer customers services with high data volume such as exchanging videos, music clips and photos via mobile phone, interactive games and Location Based Services. Colombia Móvil intends to put its network into operation throughout the country in October of this year.

"The company's many years of experience with GSM technology and its strong local presence were key factors in our decision to select Siemens",explainsMauricio Mesa, President of Colombia Móvil. "The GPRS and EDGE solutions provided by Siemens will, in addition, allow us to offer our customers new and exciting high bandwidth services."

"We are very pleased that Colombia Móvil has chosen us as the solesupplierfor its national network", says Christoph Caselitz, President of Networks within the Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group. "Thissecondsuccess for EDGE in Latin America and fourth worldwide really highlightsourposition as one of the leading EDGE suppliers."

Colombia Móvil is the third mobile provider in Colombia and a subsidiaryofthe two fixed network providers EPM Medellin and ETB Bogota. No more than around 4.4 million (10.6 %) of Colombia's 41 million citizens use a mobile phone at the end of 2002.

Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group

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