Nortel Deploys CDMA in Latvia

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Nortel Networks has been awarded a supply agreement by Latvia's Telekom Baltija to deploy a CDMA2000 1X network. Deployment of the network which will operate in the 450 MHz radio spectrum is already underway. Telekom Baltija expects to launch the CDMA network in the second quarter of 2004 and offer commercial service beginning in the third quarter of 2004.

"We are providing Telekom Baltija with a cost-effective 450 MHz wireless voice and data solution based on its specific business needs," said Steve Searles, vice president, marketing, CDMA/TDMA, Nortel Networks. "This will help position Telekom Baltija to usher in a new era of wireless services in Latvia."

"We plan to implement in Latvia one of the most progressive and advantageous mobile technologies in the world -- CDMA," said Michael Zotov, chairman of the board, A/S Telekom Baltija. "The key to success is a trusting relationship between the technology provider and operator. We are very pleased to be working with Nortel Networks, who we view as the most experienced CDMA technology provider."

CDMA 450 is a standard for use in countries transitioning to digital wireless service from Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) 450 analogue service and in countries advocating universal access to voice and data. Because of the lower radio spectrum, CDMA 450 has the advantage of covering a significantly larger geographical footprint compared to traditional cellular systems. This means fewer cell sites, lower capital expenditures and no need for licensed operators to acquire additional spectrum.

In October 2003, A/S Telekom Baltija received a public mobile telecommunications operator license, giving the company the rights to establish, develop and maintain the public mobile telecommunications network and to offer public telecommunications services."

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