San Jose, CA / London - June 11, 2002 - Aicent and Cable & Wireless today announced that they have interconnected their GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) networks. This peering agreement has successfully enabled their respective mobile operator customers, Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited and UK-based mmO2 to extend their GPRS roaming capabilities, allowing subscribers travelling between Hong Kong and the UK to continue to access GPRS services.
Critical to the success of GPRS services, GRX enables mobile data roaming services for travelling mobile users outside their home networks. Both Aicent and Cable & Wireless are among the world's largest GRX providers. Peering between Aicent and Cable & Wireless allows more than 30 mobile operators across Asia and Europe to establish roaming agreements between their networks, just as Hutchison Telecom and mmO2 have done.
"Connecting our European operator customers with Asia Pacific operators is yet another significant milestone in the development of Cable & Wireless' GRX offering, especially given the close ties and amount of travel between the UK and Hong Kong," says Andrew McGrath, president, Service Providers, Cable & Wireless. "We are committed both to adding new operators directly to our GRX and peering with other leading GRX providers, such as Aicent, so that we can offer operators maximum global coverage for their GPRS roaming services."
"It is exciting that GPRS operators have started taking advantage of the benefits provided by GRX services and our collaborative peering efforts with Cable & Wireless," said Lynn Liu, President and CEO of Aicent. "As the number of GPRS operator roaming agreements proliferate, Aicent is committed to delivering even greater value through GRX-enabled innovative technologies and services to our operator customers."
About Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited
Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited ("Hutchison Telecom") is the operating unit for managing Hutchison Whampoa Group's wireless communications operations in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. Hutchison Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Hong Kong, providing superior GSM Dualband and CDMA services with superb network quality and the widest international roaming coverage under the "Orange" brand. With the award of a 3G license in Hong Kong in October 2001, the Company is currently developing a world-class 3G network in Hong Kong and extending its 2G/2.5G technical and service excellence into the 3G era. Hutchison Telecom forms an integral part of Hutchison Whampoa Group's global 3G footprint with a vision to lead Hong Kong to stay at the forefront of the mobile multimedia arena. For more information about Hutchison Telecom, please visit the
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mmO2 has 100% ownership of mobile network operators in four countries - the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland - as well as a leading mobile internet portal business. All of these businesses have now been re-branded as O2. Additionally, the company has operations on the Isle of Man (Manx Telecom).
mmO2 was the first company in the world to launch and rollout a commercial GPRS (or 2.5G) network and has secured third generation mobile telephony ("3G") licences in the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. mmO2 has also applied for a 3G licence in Ireland.
mmO2 has approximately 17.5 million customers and some 14,000 employees, with revenues for the year ended 31 March 2002 of £4.276 million. Data represented 13.4% of total service revenues in the quarter ending 31 March 2002.
About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over £5.9 billion (US.6 billion) in the year to 31 March 2002 and customers in 70 countries. The company consists of two core and complementary divisions: Cable & Wireless Regional and Cable & Wireless Global. Cable & Wireless Regional offers a full range of telecommunications services in 33 countries around the world. Cable & Wireless Global's focus for future growth is on IP (Internet protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It has developed advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With its financial strength and the capability of its global IP infrastructure, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to
Aicent provides 2.5G/3G mobile data solutions and services to mobile operators and enterprises globally. Aicent's current product and service offerings include GRX services, mobile messaging services, and mobile office services. Aicent recently announced the largest commercial, GRX-based GPRS roaming network in Asia, serving more than a dozen leading mobile operators with a collective subscriber base of over 135 million, or around 70 percent of the GSM/GPRS users in the Asia Pacific region. Aicent is based in San Jose, California, and has regional operation centers and offices in major Asian cities. For more information about Aicent, visit
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