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Wednesday, 23 October 2002

NEC agreement marks next milestone in rollout of services under the 3 brand

Hutchison Whampoa Limited today announced an agreement with NEC Corporation to increase its November 2001 order of third generation (3G) video devices for Hutchison's 3G companies worldwide from one million to two million NEC video devices. Hutchison and NEC have been working together since April 2001, and this order cements NEC's relationship with Hutchison as a key partner in the rollout of 3G services under the 3 brand world-wide.

All the devices ordered from NEC are dual-mode, while the additional one million devices in this latest contract feature advanced messaging capabilities for both business and personal communication. Dual-mode devices enable consumers to benefit from rich multimedia services such as person-to-person video when accessing the 3G platform, but also allow the use of all 2G services when roaming beyond a 3G-enabled area.

In August 2001 Hutchison announced that NEC would be its preferred supplier of 3G devices, and this month, NEC began delivery of 1,000 3G devices to Hutchison's 3G operations in the UK and Italy for use in the Hutchison friendly user trial. NEC is also supporting Hutchison's network infrastructure rollout in the UK, in line with the announcement in April 2001 by Hutchison 3G UK.

The new devices in this contract are the first of their kind for NEC and have been created following extensive consumer research. They offer a range of customer-friendly attributes such as computer-style keyboards, built-in cameras and significantly larger colour screens, which let customers experience 3G services to its fullest: mobile communication, Internet and audiovisual features all in one. The devices include a substantial memory of up to 64MB, built-in Java functions and purpose-built software.

Susumu Otani, Associate Senior Vice President and Executive General Manager of NEC's Mobile Terminal Business Unit, said: "The advent of 3G has produced many new business opportunities. As a result, the mobile handset has evolved into a highly advanced device incorporating many new features and technologies."

"NEC is providing comprehensive support for Hutchison's 3G service, and the creation of innovative mobile Internet services. We will accelerate the expansion of 3G by providing reliable and high quality devices backed by our extensive know-how and expertise in the mobile Internet field."

Canning Fok, Group Managing Director of the Hutchison Whampoa Group, said: "3G fuses two of the most powerful consumer technologies in history - the interactivity and depth of the Internet with the convenience and freedom of mobile telephony."

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