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Siemens to build national mobile network for Colombia Mvil - order worth over 65 million US dollars PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2003

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Siemens mobile is supplying and installing transmit and receive stations as well as switching technology for Colombia Mvil's GSM/GPRS 1900 network and equipping the network with EDGE technology. Based on the GSM standard, EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) permits even higher data rates than GPRS. The technology enables mobile operators to offer customers services with high data volume such as exchanging videos, music clips and photos via mobile phone, interactive games and Location Based Services. Colombia Mvil intends to put its network into operation throughout the country in October of this year.

"The company's many years of experience with GSM technology and its strong local presence were key factors in our decision to select Siemens", explains Mauricio Mesa, President of Colombia Mvil. "The GPRS and EDGE solutions provided by Siemens will, in addition, allow us to offer our customers new and exciting high bandwidth services."

"We are very pleased that Colombia Mvil has chosen us as the sole supplier for its national network", says Christoph Caselitz, President of Networks within the Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group. "This second success for EDGE in Latin America and fourth worldwide really highlights our position as one of the leading EDGE suppliers."

The business of Siemens mobile is based on GSM, the leading worldwide standard for mobile telecommunication. GSM is offered on all the continents and has more than 840 million customers and a market share of over 70 percent. GSM is on the march in Latin America and, since its introduction in 2002, has enjoyed the highest growth rates of all mobile telephony standards. The Siemens Group has profited especially strongly from this development: its business growth is above the average market growth. According to prognoses, by 2006 GSM will account for one third of the entire Latin American market.

 
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