Deploys first GSM network in Guinea-Bissau for Guine Tel

January 29, 2004

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COLUMBIA, Md. -- TECORE(TM) Wireless Systems, a pioneer supplier of new generation wireless systems, announced today that it has completed the initial phase of its deployment of the Guine Tel network, the first GSM network in the country of Guinea-Bissau.

Faced with the prospect of deploying a network within an extremely aggressive schedule, the requirement for a scalable and reliable wireless system and, a pent-up demand from wireless subscribers, Guine Tel needed an experienced wireless solution provider that could deliver. And with the looming pressure from competitive wireless networks, Guine Tel needed a partner that could activate a lightening-fast response to extending this GSM network into a nationwide deployment.

"After evaluating many other GSM network suppliers, we are very pleased to have selected TECORE because they had proven experience to rapidly deploy reliable, state-of-the-art GSM networks in difficult environments," said Joao Frederico de Barros, CEO of Guine Tel. "TECORE's solution is the most innovative and cost-effective wireless platform that enables the feature set of much larger systems -- without the need for costly external feature platforms. With less than one percent of Guinea-Bissau households having a fixed line telephone -- a scalable solution, fast-deployment and lowest capital expenditure are essential to a short return-on-investment," added de Barros. "With TECORE's integrated switching platform, software-defined base stations and professional services, our network was deployed and provisioned with revenue-generating prepaid subscribers within 30 days. And with their regional presence and local deployment and operations support of our network, we are now positioned for the next phase of subscriber capacity and coverage growth," said de Barros.

"This deployment demonstrates why more and more wireless operators in emerging markets are selecting TECORE for delivering GSM networks. Within a very tight timeline, we designed, planned and implemented this network. Our integrated solution, ability to deliver on short notice, and cost-effectiveness allow operators to depend on us for rapidly deployable, reliable, revenue-generating wireless services," said Jay Salkini, chairman and CEO of TECORE.

TECORE's Guine Tel network deployment consists of a complete GSM network including the AirCore(R) Mobile Switching System with integrated HLR, prepaid capability, AirNet(R) GSM AdaptaCell(R) Broadband Software-Defined Base Stations, as well as a full complement of professional services for local deployment, commissioning, and operations support.

Tecore Wireless Systems Inc.

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