SANTIAGO, Chile - Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSE: NT], a leading
supplier of GSM* (Global System for Mobile Communications)
network solutions, joined the GSM Association as an
Associate Member during the GSM Association's 43rd Plenary
meeting April 26-28 in Santiago, Chile.
As an Associate Member, Nortel Networks gains the
opportunity to work even closer with second and third
generation wireless network operators in Association working
groups, task force committees and other forums. These key
groups discuss many of today's critical issues, including 3G
The GSM Association is the premier global body behind the
world's leading wireless communications system. It is
responsible for the development, deployment and evolution of
the GSM system for digital wireless communications and for
the promotion of the GSM platform.
"The Association announced last year the launch of a new
Associate Membership category for manufacturers and
suppliers with the rationale to further consolidate industry
wide partnerships," said Robert Conway, chief executive
officer, GSM Association. "We are pleased to welcome Nortel
Networks as an Associate Member of the world's leading
wireless industry representative body. It is this form of
relationship, and our involvement in key industry forums,
that ensures that the successful growth of GSM continues."
"Nortel Networks has a long-term commitment to the
development of the GSM system," said Lloyd Carney,
president, Wireless Internet, Nortel Networks. "Associate
Membership in the GSM Association provides us with the
opportunity to work even closer with our customers to make
the Wireless Internet a commercial success. We will be able
to continue shaping the future of GSM, address key industry
issues, better understand the needs of our customers, and
create leadership and direction for the GSM industry."
Nortel Networks also intends to participate in the GSM
Association-led Global Roaming Forum, a precedent-setting
industry initiative that is developing seamless
inter-standard roaming between GSM network operators and
operators of other wireless standards.
The GSM Association represents the interests of more than
440 second and third generation operators, Satellite
operators, key manufacturers and suppliers to the GSM
industry and regulators and administrative bodies from 148
countries/ areas of the world. Membership spans Western,
Eastern and Central Europe, India and the Asia-Pacific
regions, the Middle East and Africa, North and South
America. The Association's members provide digital GSM
services to more than 290 million (mid-April 2000) customers
worldwide. The world's leading digital standard now accounts
for 65 percent of the total digital wireless market. Visit
the GSM Association's website at www.gsmworld.com.
Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data,
eBusiness, and wireless solutions for the Internet. The
Company had 1999 U.S. GAAP revenues of US$21.3 billion and
serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers
globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a
high-performance Internet that is more reliable and faster
than ever before. It is redefining the economics and quality
of networking and the Internet through Unified Networks*
that promise a new era of collaboration, communications and
commerce. Visit us at http://www.nortelnetworks.com
* Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo, the Globemark,
Unified Networks and How the world shares ideas are
trademarks of Nortel Networks. GSM is a registered trademark
of the GSM Association.
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