September 14, 2005 22:00 ET

China Mobile Xinjiang Chooses Nortel for Multi-Vendor Wireless Network Optimization

BEIJING--(CCNMatthews - Sep 14, 2005) -

Service Provides On-Going Network Efficiency; Helps Reduce Costs, Improve Network Quality, Performance

China Mobile, one of the largest GSM wireless carriers in the world, has awarded a one-year network optimization contract to Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSE:NT) for its largest regional operator, Xinjiang Mobile.

Under terms of the agreement, Nortel is providing continuous performance assessment to help improve quality and reduce costs for the multi-vendor GSM/GPRS network in the Yili and Bazhou prefectures of China's vast northwestern Xinjiang Region.

Covering more than 1.6 million square kilometers and accounting for one-sixth of China's total area, Xinjiang Mobile's geographic coverage area is the largest of any GSM/GPRS network in the China Mobile family of provincial and regional operators.

Building on a network optimization project completed earlier in 2005, the new project has been expanded to include the entire multi-vendor environment. The optimization service includes network planning, performance monitoring, technical support, and on-site training and certification of Xinjiang Mobile personnel.

"Ensuring our Xinjiang switching and network infrastructure continuously performs at peak levels is vital to delivering high quality services to our subscribers," said Bai Zhigang, general manager, Xinjiang Mobile. "As a world leader in GSM technology, Nortel provides a suite of services that not only supports the activities of our own on-site network operations personnel, but also allows us to maintain and improve service levels while reducing costs."

"Network quality and reliability are vital factors in providing 'anytime, anywhere' availability of advanced mobile services," said Henry So, vice president, China, Nortel. "This network optimization project will help Xinjiang Mobile to enhance network performance and to address the rapidly evolving requirements of GSM/GPRS subscribers in this important market."

"Nortel's selection as preferred supplier for optimization of this multi-vendor network reflects confidence in our broad experience in network optimization, and in our ability to meet the most stringent customer demands for achieving optimal network performance," So said.

A key component of the comprehensive Nortel Global Services portfolio (, Wireless RF (Radio Frequency) Optimization Services are designed to help customers realize the full value of their networks by streamlining network performance, improving network coverage, increasing subscriber service quality, and improving time-to-market for new subscriber services. Nortel Wireless RF Optimization Services include network analysis, assessment and recommendation for optimal network capacity and coverage. These services contribute to a more rapid return on investment by lowering overhead and operating expenses, resolving network capacity inefficiencies, and helping diminish the need for new hardware.

Since 2001, Nortel has implemented five expansions to Xinjiang Mobile's GSM 900 digital cellular network, increasing subscriber capacity by 600,000 to more than one million. Nortel has also provided Xinjiang Mobile with software upgrades to support Advanced Intelligent Network functionality and to increase subscriber capacity.

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