SOURCE: IPWireless

November 22, 2005 08:00 ET

netZAP Awards Contract to Alcatel for Commercial Expansion of Its UMTS TD-CDMA Network in Jakarta

JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 22, 2005 -- netZAP, the Instant Mobile Broadband service from PT. Solusi Aksesindo Pratama (netZAP) has awarded Alcatel a contract for commercial expansion of its trial network in Jakarta. Alcatel will design and roll-out the network with UMTS TD-CDMA equipment from IPWireless. The network is scheduled for completion before year end with service going live in January 2006. It is part of a major network roll-out planned for next year encompassing some additional 150-200 sites to cover a large area of Jakarta.

UMTS TD-CDMA, the 3GPP standard for high-speed wireless data, allows operators to deploy wireless broadband networks to provide subscribers with a broadband connection that offers the user a broadband experience similar to DSL, combined with the advantages of a wireless connection. Using a simple, plug-and-play desktop modem or PC card, subscribers can enjoy an always-on broadband connection instantly without having to wait for any physical installation and can immediately enjoy the service at home, at work, or anywhere in between, even while moving at vehicular speeds.

netZAP offers various service plans starting from 384 Kbps from Rp. 400,000 per month. With a 512 Kbps speed, users can download a 1 MB file in 15 seconds, substantially faster than the typical cable modem's duration of four minutes or dial-up's seven minutes in Indonesia.

"We are pleased with the performance of the technology and more importantly, the response from our trial customers, hence our decision to expand the network. We are confident that Alcatel, with its close partnership with IPWireless and experience in working with the UMTS TD-CDMA technology, is the right partner for this expansion and can meet our target for service launch in January 2006," said Andre Halim, Chief Executive Officer of netZAP.

About Alcatel

Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks; applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

About IPWireless

IPWireless develops advanced standards-based mobile broadband technology. The company's UMTS TD-CDMA technology has emerged as a leading global standard for wireless broadband. TD-CDMA allows operators to offer a spectrum of completely mobile, portable, or stationary end-to-end packet-based services with unmatched economics and true broadband performance. TD-CDMA has the highest average sector capacity, the strongest cell edge performance, and the lowest cost per megabit of any standards-based mobile technology available today, and is deployed by leading operators around the world including announced initiatives with T-Mobile, Orange, Sprint Nextel, and PCCW. The IPWireless Partner Program and chipsets allow device manufacturers and infrastructure vendors to very quickly bring innovative new TD-CDMA solutions to market. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ipwireless.com

About PT. Solusi Aksesindo Pratama

PT. Solusi Aksesindo Pratama is a pioneering wireless broadband company providing the netZAP Instant Mobile Broadband service in Indonesia. netZAP is the one and only instant broadband service in Indonesia, providing anytime, anywhere service to broadband starved prospective customers in Indonesia. The company was formed last year and upon securing the necessary telecom provider license and exclusive spectrum allocation, has been trialling the IPWireless UMTS TD-CDMA technology culminating in this network expansion.

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