Leading-Edge Solutions to Help Increase Revenues,
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Nortel Networks* [NYSE: NT/TES: NTL]
has signed a US$96 million contract with Digital Phone Co.
Ltd. (DPC), a subsidiary of Samart Corporation, for GSM 1800
digital PCS and Intelligent Network (IN) equipment and
services. The equipment and services will be used for
expansion of DPC's wireless network in Bangkok, Thailand.
With Nortel Networks' ServiceBuilder* IN platform for GSM,
DPC will be able to boost the return on its network
investment and deliver maximum convenience for subscribers.
It is anticipated that the network roll out will be
completed by the end of this year.
"Nortel Networks' GSM technology provides the ideal
foundation for the world's most progressive networking
solutions," said Khun Thavatchai Vilailuck, president, DPC.
"Nortel Networks is the perfect choice for our network
"Nortel Networks' close working relationship around the
world with customers such as DPC allows us to anticipate
what our customers need to remain successful," said Peter C.
Forget, regional managing director, Nortel Networks,
"We are committed to providing technology that delivers high
capacity for network growth and seamless performance to
wireless operators in Thailand," Forget said. "Our
ServiceBuilder IN platform for GSM is among the most
cost-effective and leading-edge technologies available
Nortel Networks' ServiceBuilder IN technology features
speech-activated applications designed to increase
profitability for service providers, maximise convenience
for consumers and expand calling traffic for business
customers. It also includes natural interfaces for
comfortable use at home, at work, or in a mobile setting.
Digital Phone Co., Ltd. (DPC), the operator of HELLO 1800
mobile phone services, ensures the provisioning of
outstanding products and services at the best possible value
to its customers. With superior technology and reliable
performance from Nortel Networks, the company will be able
to offer sophisticated wireless services to satisfy both
current and new customer needs.
Established in November 1996, DPC is a joint venture between
Samart Corporation Plc. and Telekom Malaysia International.
The company was granted a digital wireless network operator
license from the Communications Authority of Thailand, and
is one of three companies operating wireless mobile phone
services in Thailand. The company's commercial launch of
wireless mobile phone services took place in May 1998.
Currently, the company registers more than 120,000
Nortel Networks' common shares are listed on the New York,
Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and London stock exchanges.
Nortel Networks had 1998 revenues of US$17.6 billion and has
approximately 75,000 employees worldwide.
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