Nortel Wins in Bolivia

NuevaTel Bolivia launches GSM wireless network based on Nortel Networks solution

August 24, 2004

2 Min Read

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia -- NuevaTel PCS de Bolivia S.A., a Western Wireless subsidiary, has launched a new GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) digital wireless network in Santa Cruz, Bolivia using an infrastructure solution from Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT).

The new network positions NuevaTel to increase capacity, broaden coverage and offer improved GSM services under the 'VIVA GSM' brand. It also allows NuevaTel to offer enhanced regional and international roaming capabilities as well as a full suite of new enhanced voice and data services.

Nortel Networks replaced NuevaTel's previous GSM network with Nortel Networks GSM equipment to help NuevaTel drive reduced operating costs and increased voice capacity while enabling new data services. The network is GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) ready, positioning NuevaTel for a seamless evolution to third generation (3G) wireless technology.

"We are committed to providing our customers with leading-edge services and are very excited about improving our service offerings to our customers in Santa Cruz," said Pete Simpson, vice president, Western Wireless International. "We have selected Nortel Networks because of its proven expertise in deploying and evolving GSM networks around the world and its track record in helping service providers like us achieve our business goals."

"Relying on the strength of our comprehensive network portfolio, Nortel Networks works closely with regional operators like NuevaTel to bring the latest in advanced service options to its customers," said Kevin Taylor, vice president, Wireless Networks, CALA (Caribbean and Latin America), Nortel Networks. "This new GSM infrastructure positions NuevaTel to respond to current and future market needs for capacity and advanced applications, while significantly reducing operational costs."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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