TIM Picks Option's HSDPA Card

Telecom Italia Mobile selects Option's GlobeTrotter 3G/EDGE 'HSDPA-ready' data card

March 14, 2006

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LEUVEN, Belgium -- Option NV (Euronext: OPTI, OTC: OPNVY), the wirelesstechnology company, today announced that TIM, a Telecom Italia company (Milan: TIT), hasselected and is at present commercialising Option’s GlobeTrotter 3G/EDGE ‘HSDPA-Ready’data card. Customised to meet the TIM’s specific requirements, the GlobeTrotter 3G/EDGE‘HSDPA-Ready’ card enables the operator’s 29+ million mobile customers to enjoy broadbandwireless access to the internet, e-mail and corporate networks. With TIM’s selection, allFreeMove Alliance members - including Telefonica Moviles, T-Mobile, Orange and TIM - arenow procuring data cards from Option.

TIM is Italy's number one carrier with 27.3 million lines in its domestic market, and a total of45.6 million customers worldwide. TIM operates close to its home market in countries such asin Turkey, and further away in Latin America. TIM’s membership of the FreeMove alliance isproof of the company's desire to provide its customers with an integrated service. Togetherwith Orange, T-Mobile and Telefonica Moviles, TIM is part of one of the world's largest mobiletelephony communities spanning 170 million customers in 15 countries across Europe.

On a 3G UMTS network, the GlobeTrotter 3G/EDGE ‘HSDPA Ready’ enables broadbandconnection to the Internet at data speeds of up to 384kbps. Where 3G services are notavailable it falls back to EDGE at data speeds of up to 247 kbps. In the absence of an EDGE or3G UMTS network the data card still enables reliable and secure data connections overtraditional GPRS.

The ‘HSDPA-Ready’ concept is unique to Option. When the network operator decides tolaunch HSDPA services in its territory, a simple firmware upgrade, available via the operator’swebsite, is sufficient to release the power of HSDPA on the data card.

Option NV (Euronext: OPTI; Nasdaq Europe: OPIN)

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