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Angolans Picks Nortel CDMA

Movicel, Angola Telecom's cellular operator, gets Nortel Networks to deploy CDMA2000 1X wireless network equipment in Angola

September 22, 2003

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LUANDA, Angola -- Movicel, a cellular operator and subsidiary of Angola Telecom, has approved Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) to deploy CDMA2000 1X wireless network equipment in Angola for a complete voice and packet data network.

Under a new supply agreement, Nortel Networks has begun to supply a CDMA2000 1X Wireless Data Network for Movicel across the capital city of Luanda, which includes approximately 35 percent of the population of Angola. The network will enable Movicel to significantly boost network capacity to accommodate a greater number of voice calls. The network will also enable high-speed wireless data and secure Internet services like mobile Web browsing, e-mail with attachments, and other advanced wireless services.

"It is our strategy to provide high quality and advanced services to our customers, which cover the whole spectrum of their communication needs including voice, data and value-added services," said Jose Luis De Lara, chief technical officer, Movicel. "This way, we are better positioned to offer a wider range of options to our customers that help drive new revenues to Movicel. Nortel Networks technology will help us to maximize existing spectrum and hardware resources to accommodate subscriber growth and reduce operational expenditures."

"Nortel Networks has the necessary technical expertise directly applicable to the challenges of deploying CDMA and CDMA2000 1X, and we continue to focus on providing our wireless data solutions to the growing African and Middle Eastern market," said Michel Clement, president, Nortel Networks France, Middle East and Africa. "This award extends our geographic footprint and means that we are now implementing 3G for 11 companies across EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa)."

Wireless infrastructure being deployed for Movicel includes Nortel Networks CDMA Metro Cell radio base station (BTS), CDMA Base Station Controller (BSC), Mobile Switching Center (MSC) and PDSN (Packet Data Serving Node) products.

This is Nortel Networks third infrastructure announcement in the African region in 2003. Nortel Networks previously announced agreements with Telecom Egypt to expand its national telecoms network and with Multi-Links in Nigeria to deploy a CDMA2000 1X network.

Nortel Networks CDMA technology is designed to maximize existing customer investments and help service providers drive down capital and operating costs. Nortel Networks has designed and deployed CDMA networks over varying terrain and population densities for more than 65 operators across 17 countries, including more than 35,000 3G-ready base stations as of August 2003. Nortel Networks is the industry's only supplier with Wireless Data Networks operating in all three advanced technologies -- GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000 and UMTS.

Nortel Networks Corp.

Angola Telecom

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