Alcatel Extends Kosovo Network

Vala900 awards €18M contract to Alcatel to expand its GSM/GPRS network in Kosovo

August 1, 2005

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PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Vala900, the mobile operator part of PTK Group, today announced that Alcatel was selected by Vala900 in order to expand its GSM/GPRS network in Kosovo.Vala900 chose Alcatel among other European and Chinese competitors for this Euro 18 million project.

Thanks to the end-to-end solution provided by Alcatel, Vala900 will double the number of its subscribers up to 700.000, equal to more than 30% of the total population, and will be able to start offering value added data services. The solution is future-proof, and is ready for EDGE upgrade.

The solution will be deployed on a turn-key basis, and includes Alcatel's Evolium? solution for GSM/GPRS radio access network, a circuit core extension, a new packet core solution, value added services such as the possibility to manage prepaid services, PDH as well a network management system.

"As part of a telecommunications group, managing both fixed and mobilenetworks, our mission is to provide our citizens with advancedcommunications infrastructures, enabling the socio-economic growth of our country," said Philip Candler of Vala900. "Alcatel demonstrated to be areliable partner and its broad portfolio of products and servicesdefinitely best fits our needs".

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