Nortel Wins Big in Bahamas

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company chooses Nortel as exclusive provider for GSM/GPRS network to provide advanced mobile services

June 16, 2003

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Telecommunications Company, Ltd. (BTC), the primary telecom operator in the Bahamas, has selected Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT - News; TSX:NT - News) as the exclusive provider for evolution of its wireless data network to an advanced GSM/GPRS infrastructure, positioning BTC to offer next generation wireless voice, data and multimedia services.

Under a new supply agreement, Nortel Networks will provide both core and access solutions from its Wireless Data Networks portfolio to overlay BTC's existing TDMA infrastructure with a next generation GSM/GPRS network. The network integration will include implementation of EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Evolution)-ready technology to support migration to 3G (third generation) wireless services. The first phase of the project will allow BTC to roll out services like mobile Web browsing, streaming audio and video, and multimedia messaging, starting with the islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Nortel Networks GSM/GPRS technology will position BTC to increase network capacity while driving down operational costs. The overlay will also support GSM roaming services with BTC's global roaming partners of choice.

"BTC is delivering on its promise to provide leading-edge wireless services to its customers, creating more economic opportunities for the creative, innovative and entrepreneurial Bahamian," said Leon R. Williams, senior vice president and chief operating officer, BTC. "We chose Nortel Networks based on their proven GSM/GPRS technology and vast experience in evolving wireless networks, which will allow us to quickly roll out new features and offer our subscribers an abundance of choices."

"This contract celebrates our long-standing relationship with BTC," said Dion Joannou, president, Caribbean and Latin America, Nortel Networks. "As a leading provider of advanced Wireless Data Networks, we will continue to work closely with them to support their efforts in delivering compelling new services to their customers."

Nortel Networks Corp.

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