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Nortel Wins US $525 Million in China Wireless Contracts

[Markham, CANADA] Nortel Networks has won contracts valued at an estimated US $525 million for new wireless networks expected to serve up to 17 million subscribers in Greater China, and to pave the way for next generation Wireless Internet services.

The awards include an estimated US$ 250 million expansion of Chunghwa Telecom's Taiwan-wide GSM 900/1800 dual-band digital cellular network, and an estimated US $275 million in new network builds and expansions by China Unicom in the People's Republic of China.

Nortel Networks is providing Chunghwa Telecom with more than 1,900 new GSM 900/1800 base stations to enable dual-band subscriber roaming, and a GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) radio software upgrade to support high-speed Wireless Internet services.

"The current expansion will make it possible for Chunghwa Telecom to begin deploying Wireless Internet services by August 2001," said Yue Chin-Yi, president, Long Distance and Mobile Business Group, Chunghwa Telecom.

"The enhanced network will not only reach a record six million subscribers, it will also fuel a whole new wave of growth and profitability by creating an advanced platform for new generation mobile content, commerce and e-business services and applications."

Nortel Networks has a long-term relationship with Chunghwa Telecom since building the operator's initial mobile network in 1994. To date, Chunghwa Telecom has announced contracts with Nortel Networks estimated to be worth US $900 million.

Nortel Networks has won wireless network contract awards in 17 of the 31 Chinese provinces.