VIVO Picks Nortel for 3G

Brazil's VIVO, a joint venture of Portugal Telecom and Telefónica Móviles, picks Nortel to overlay its TDMA network with CDMA2000 1X technology

October 28, 2003

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil – VIVO, a joint venture of Portugal Telecom and Telefónica Móviles, and the largest mobile operator in Brazil, has selected Nortel Networks [NYSE/TSX: NT] to implement 3G (third generation) Wireless Data Networks in the West-Central and Southern regions of Brazil.

Under an agreement announced today, Nortel Networks will be the exclusive provider of both core and access solutions for the state of Rio Grande do Sul’s network, and will supply core networks in the cities of Brasilia and Goiânia. Nortel Networks will overlay VIVO’s existing TDMA (time division multiple access) network with CDMA (code division multiple access) 2000 1X technology.

Expected to serve more than five million subscribers, the new CDMA2000 1X infrastructure will position VIVO to provide advanced wireless data services like high-speed mobile Internet and intranet access, e-mail with large attachments, image and video downloads, video streaming and location-based services.

In Rio Grande do Sul, 45 municipalities will be covered in the first stage, including the Porto Alegre metropolitan area, Bento Gonçalves, Caxias do Sul, Gramado, Canela, Canoas, Farroupilha, Novo Hamburgo, São Leopoldo, the coastal areas and more.

“Local manufacture of CDMA solutions at our Center of Excellence in Campinas will accelerate delivery, enabling VIVO to meet its deployment goals and offer differentiated services,” said Hervé Adam, managing director, Brazil, Nortel Networks. “This agreement strengthens a relationship that began with deployment of CDMA2000 1X in the state of Espírito Santo last year. Key benefits of Nortel Networks technology include investment protection and cost-effective network evolution.”

Nortel Networks solution for VIVO will include core and access equipment including mobility switching, radio base stations and base station controllers, software, and network services and deployment. With this network, VIVO will be positioned to consolidate its entire Brazilian infrastructure on CDMA technology.

Nortel Networks has designed and deployed CDMA for more than 65 operators in 17 countries around the world. Nortel Networks is currently implementing CDMA2000 1X networks with customers including Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS, Bell Mobility, TELUS Mobility and SMARTCOM PCS (Chile).

Nortel Networks has operated in Brazil for 12 years. It is headquartered in São Paulo with additional regional offices throughout the country. The Center of Excellence in Campinas houses a research and development facility, a training center, the Wireless Internet Next Generation (WING) Center and a manufacturing facility for wireless, voice, data, enterprise and optical equipment.

VIVO is the brand of the largest mobile telephony group in South America, with over 17 million customers and almost 48 percent market share in all of Brazil. Today it operates in 20 Brazilian States, representing 86 percent of the national territory. VIVO’s technology of choice is CDMA 1X, which will be the basis for third generation wireless telephony. VIVO is made up by the former operators Telesp Celular, Telefônica Celular, Global Telecom, Telebahia Celular, Telergipe Celular and TCO/NBT.

Nortel Networks Corp.

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