January 11, 2005 11:30 ET

Smartcom Takes 3G Wireless Services Nationwide in Chile with Nortel Technology




JANUARY 11, 2005 - 11:30 ET

Smartcom Takes 3G Wireless Services Nationwide in
Chile with Nortel Technology

SANTIAGO, Chile--(CCNMatthews - Jan 11, 2005) -

Smartcom, a leading wireless operator in Chile and an affiliate of
Spain's Grupo Endesa, is expanding its third generation (3G) wireless
network to boost capacity and meet growing nationwide demand for
advanced data services using CDMA2000 1X technology from Nortel

Smartcom has been operating a CDMA 1X network in Santiago based on
Nortel solutions since 2002. With the expansion, Smartcom will be able
to offer advanced mobile services like high-speed Internet access,
e-mail with attached files, image and video downloading, and video
streaming to subscribers throughout Chile.

"We are continuously working to bring our subscribers the best in
high-speed mobile services," said Jaime Gros, general manager, Smartcom.
"Smartcom first launched 1xRTT in Santiago with Nortel technology back
in 2002, and last year we launched 1xEV-DO broadband wireless services
in the capital with Nortel technology. Our successful deployments with
Nortel have kept us at the forefront of wireless services in Chile and
our experience in broadband wireless network deployments has enabled us
to provide current and potential customers with one of the most
extensive arrays of broadband mobile services available today in Chile
and in the world!"

Nortel is installing both core and access equipment -- including
switching platforms, radio base stations and base station controllers --
to upgrade Smartcom's existing nationwide CDMA2000 network to a CDMA 1X
infrastructure. The first phase of the project, focused on the south of
Chile, has already been completed. Smartcom expects to start offering
new services there immediately, in time for the influx of visitors
during Chile's summer months. The entire project is expected to be
completed by the end of 2005.

"As a leading provider of advanced wireless infrastructure in Latin
America, Nortel is proud to have been chosen once more by Smartcom to
help with their latest network evolution project," said Chris Zanyk,
country manager, Nortel Chile. "Deploying our CDMA 1X solutions
nationwide will position Smartcom to drive new, revenue-generating
applications, delivering added value to its customers."

Nortel has been working with Smartcom since 2001, when the two companies
began deployment of a CDMA 1X network in Santiago. They completed Latin
America's first commercial 3G wireless call in November of that year.
With subsequent network expansions and deployment of Nortel CDMA2000
1xEV-DO technology in Santiago, Smartcom now operates one of the fastest
and most advanced wireless networks in the Southern Cone of Latin

"This project reaffirms our commitment to building secure and reliable
communication networks that help enhance the human experience in the
region and around the world," said Kevin Taylor, vice president,
Wireless Networks, Caribbean and Latin America, Nortel. "We enjoy
working with innovative operators like Smartcom and will continue to
provide our extensive expertise in broadband wireless technologies to
help them reach their business objectives."

Nortel has designed, deployed and launched more than 300 wireless
networks in more than 50 countries around the world. Nortel was the
first industry supplier to have wireless networks operating in all
advanced radio technologies (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO, UMTS
and WLAN), and is the only end-to-end supplier of all new generation
wireless solutions.

About Smartcom

Smartcom, of Spain's Endesa Group, is the third leading wireless
operator in Chile, with over 1.5 million customers. With its continuous
innovation, today Smartcom is incorporating the most advanced,
high-speed wireless data technology as part of its ongoing corporate
re-launch program.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities
that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and
secure and protect the world's most critical information. Serving both
service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative
technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP,
multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to
help people solve the world's greatest challenges. Nortel does business
in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the
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