Acquisition strengthens Casaplan's network optimization, mobile network planning, and NIR measurement services

June 19, 2006

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SURSEE, Switzerland -- Casaplan Holding AG has acquired Inventis AG, making Casaplan one of Switzerland's most important service providers for the development, expansion, operation and maintenance of mobile communications networks. With the integration, Casaplan becomes a full-service provider in both mobile and fixed-line networks and now offers single sourcing of comprehensive solutions throughout Switzerland.

Casaplan Holding AG, comprising affiliates Ingenys AG, Telecom Treuhand AG, Arxom SA, TPN AG and the newly integrated Inventis AG is now the Swiss market leader and top general contractor in the fields of network planning, site acquisition, engineering, construction, maintenance and measurement for mobile and fixed communications. This enhanced status was made possible by the acquisition of Inventis AG with effect from June 15, 2006. Integration of Inventis AG's technical expertise strengthens the Casaplan Group's know-how, especially in the areas of network optimization, mobile network planning and NIR measurement. Casaplan can now offer a range of services unique in Switzerland. Moreover, the Group's geographical expansion and broader support base mean that Casaplan Holding AG will in future be able to respond to customer needs and market demands with even greater rapidity and flexibility. The Group now employs over 300 people in Switzerland, Germany and France. Projected annual sales in Europe for 2006 are CHF 85 million (Switzerland: CHF 70 million).

Inventis AG has been active in the telecommunications sector since 1998 and possesses considerable technical expertise in the field. The company's services range from mobile network planning and measurement to the establishment of wireless telecommunications networks, including an in-house development and innovation department. With about 70 highly-qualified employees at its three sites in Echandens (Lausanne), Gümligen (Berne) and Zurich, Inventis generates average annual revenues of CHF 15 million. Until recently Swisscom Mobile AG held a 30% minority interest in Inventis AG which it has now sold to Casaplan Holding AG.

"This integration brings us a big step closer to our customers, since we can now offer everything under one roof," says Daniele Obino, CEO of Casaplan Holding AG. "With our capable employees and trainees, we intend to assert our newly won front-runner role in this sector and create further exciting, forward-looking jobs."

The integration of Inventis AG — which remains largely autonomous — into Casaplan Holding AG involves a change in senior management at Inventis. Anton Waldner, until now its chief executive officer, is retiring and will be succeeded by his former deputy Jürg Baumann. This ensures the continuity of customer relations.

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