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Partner, Nortel Complete Industry's First HSDPA Wireless Broadband Trial in Israel

  • 24 May, 2005 16:37

<p>TEL AVIV – Partner Communications Company Ltd. and Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] have successfully
completed a trial of high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) wireless broadband technology over its live cellular network in Tel Aviv. Partner is joining a limited number of cellular networks around the world which intend to implement HSDPA.</p>
<p>HSDPA has the ability to deliver broadband wireless at speeds of up to three times faster than today’s commercially deployed UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) networks, offering a true mobile broadband experience to subscribers comparable to DSL or ADSL.</p>
<p>The trial, showcased today in Tel Aviv, is the first time HSDPA technology has been demonstrated by any operator or wireless infrastructure supplier in Israel. Nortel and Partner demonstrated advanced wireless and multimedia broadband services, including high-speed music transfers (MP3), DVD-quality video streaming and downloads of large e-mail attachments. The demonstrations were performed simultaneously with two different computers with connection speeds of more than 1 mega bit per second (mbps) over a UMTS network provided by Nortel.</p>
<p>“We are proud to have successfully completed Israel’s first HSDPA wireless broadband trial on a live cellular network,” said Amikam Cohen, vice president, Technologies, Partner. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment of offering the best user experience available to Israeli subscribers while continuously leading the market in technological development.”</p>
<p>"We are proud to mark this milestone with Partner," said Alain Biston, vice president, GSM/UMTS, Nortel. "Nortel was the first company in the industry to complete live test calls using HSDPA technology from moving automobiles with commercial mobile phones. The experience we have gained will allow us to accompany Partner in this significant step towards offering HSDPA services commercially, while positioning Partner at the forefront of the world’s technology."</p>
<p>HSDPA is the next generation of UMTS, which enables a significant increase in the rate of data downloads. This improvement will enable Partner’s customers to enhance their user experience beyond their current experience with UMTS:</p>
<p>·Feature rich applications – faster and better quality video and audio services as well as advanced interactive services</p>
<p>·Faster data rates – connecting laptops to high speed mobile Internet services at data rates of 3.6-14.4 mbps</p>
<p>·Higher network capacity – capable of supporting up to three times as much data traffic and up to twice as many wireless users per cell site.</p>
<p>Nortel’s UMTS equipment is designed to enable efficient and cost-effective migration to HSDPA through a simple software installation, eliminating the need for costly hardware replacements.</p>
<p>Nortel recently announced a series of industry milestones with leading chipset and data card vendors. Nortel has also worked with a number of wireless operators on HSDPA trials and deployments in 2005, including mmO2, Orange (at 3GSM World Congress 2005 in Cannes, France), Vodafone (at CeBIT 2005 in Hanover, Germany) and mobilkom austria. Nortel has also announced plans for a major Pan-European HSDPA network deployment.</p>
<p>Nortel has designed, installed and launched more than 300 wireless networks in over 70 countries. Nortel was the industry’s first supplier with wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies, and is the only end-to-end provider of all next generation wireless solutions.</p>
<p>In 2003 Partner selected Nortel to supply Israel’s first third-generation (3G) UMTS network. Today, Partner’s commercial UMTS network covers 92% of the population in Israel.</p>
<p>Based in Airport City, Nortel Israel is a subsidiary of Nortel Networks. Active in Israel for more than 25 years, Nortel is the country’s largest provider of telecommunications solutions, with clients including Pelephone, Cellcom, Bezeq, the Israeli Ministry of Defense and others. More information about Nortel Israel can be found on the Web at www.nortel.com/israel.</p>
<p>About Partner</p>
<p>Partner Communications Company Ltd. is a leading Israeli mobile communications operator known for its GSM/GPRS/UMTS based services and applications under the orange™ brand. The Company commenced full commercial operations in January 1999 and, through its network, provides quality of service and a range of features to 2.372 million subscribers in Israel. Partner subscribers can use roaming services in 154 destinations using 335 GSM networks. The Company launched its 3G network in 2004. Partner’s ADSs are quoted on NASDAQ under the symbol PTNR and on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the symbol PCCD. Its shares are quoted on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) under the symbol PTNR. For further
information please visit: www.investors.partner.co.il.</p>
<p>About Nortel
Nortel is a recognised leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world’s most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world’s greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news</p>

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