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April 13, 2009

Vinaphone selects Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade GSM network

16 provinces to be upgraded with advanced EDGE broadband data functionality

By CBR Staff Writer

Vietnam-based mobile operator Vinaphone has selected Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its GSM network in 16 northern provinces with advanced EDGE broadband data functionality.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent’s cost-efficient solution provides Vinaphone with the flexibility to introduce new technologies in the future, including EDGE+, W-CDMA, HSPA, HSPA+, and LTE with a smooth evolution path to meet their market needs.

The contract was signed through Alcatel-Lucent’s flagship company in China, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell. The deployment is currently underway and the expanded network will begin providing commercial services in April 2009.

Alcatel-Lucent said that upon commercial launch, this network upgrade and modernization project will boost the capacity and coverage of Vinaphone’s network and enable the operator to offer its customers a wide range of advanced services in the future.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will design, deploy and maintain its multi-standard GSM/EDGE radio access solution including its latest base station controller platform and TWIN transceivers.

Olivia Qiu, president of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, said: With our strong local presence, project management skills and our state-of-the-art wireless technology, we are confident that we will be able to ensure that Vinaphone will be able to reach its goal of providing its customers some of the most advanced mobile services available in Vietnam.

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