Belize Ė October 4, 2007- Belize Telemedia Limited, the leading telecommunications service provider in Belize, today announced that it has chosen Nortel [NYSE/TSX: NT], to replace and upgrade its existing GSM GPRS/Edge 850/1900 MHz wireless network, as well as implement a new CDMA/EVDO 450 MHz wireless network. These new wireless networks, scheduled for installation in the first quarter of 2008, will support the continuing growth in cellular customers in Belize, expand service coverage, and support the growing subscriber demand for high speed wireless data services, mobile Web browsing, e-mail and high-speed download of videos and graphics.
"With these new service delivery platforms, supplied and installed by Nortel, BTL will further enhance its reputation for quality, and support a more advanced and comprehensive range of services," said Dean Boyce, Chairman of the Executive Committee at BTL. "We are substantially bolstering our network and market leadership by improving the reach, reliability, performance and capabilities of our wireless infrastructure. Furthermore, with the implementation of the CDMA/EVDO platform, utilizing the 450 MHz frequency, we are directly targeting the provision of voice and high speed internet service for the more rural and remote locations in Belize, which in turn will act as a primary generator of growth for those local economies."
"We are benefiting from Nortel's excellent technology and extensive expertise in deploying GSM and CDMA networks to ensure we have an infrastructure that is able to meet the increasing demand for wireless voice and data services in Belize today, while also providing us with the capacity to continue to grow and expand our service offerings in the future," said Ediberto Tesucum, Director of the Board, BTL.
"We're excited about working with BTL to help them to enhance the communications experience of their subscribers with new, sophisticated wireless services," said Chris Braddy, Nortel Account Manager for BTL. "BTL can count on our world-class technology and our 30-plus years of experience in deploying advanced, reliable networks in the Caribbean region to help them to successfully complete this and future projects."
"We deliver on our Business Made Simple promise by helping customers reduce the complexity and harness the opportunities posed by Hyperconnectivity, a trend which encompasses person-to-person communication, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine, in their business environments," said Ray Bulengo, Vice-President, Carrier Sales, Caribbean and Bermuda, Nortel. "BTL is a long standing and valued customer and we look forward to expanding this relationship, and to continue to work with them to evolve their networks, cost-effectively, so that they can provide an advanced range of services to their customers."
Nortel has designed, deployed and launched more than 300 wireless networks in more than 50 countries around the world. Nortel was the first industry supplier to have wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000 1X and EV-DO, UMTS and WLAN), and is the only end-to-end supplier of all new-generation wireless solutions.
Belize Telemedia Limited is the largest business, telecommunications and multimedia company operating in the country of Belize. The Company has an annual turnover in excess of US$70m, boasts 33,000 fixed telephone lines, 120,000 cellular customers and delivers directly and indirectly over 90% of the country's internet services. With 475 skilled and trained employees and 15 branch offices throughout the country, Belize Telemedia Limited is focused on deploying state-of-the-art network and technologies to provide the best in communications and multimedia services. For more information regarding BTL, please visit our website: www.belizetelemedia.net
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.