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Wednesday, 11 June 2003

Alcatel today announced the signature of a contract with Wave Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jersey Telecom Group Ltd, to supply a GSM/GPRS and 3G/UMTS mobile network in the island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. Following the successful rollout by Alcatel of a GSM/GPRS mobile network and services platform in Jersey, Jersey Telecom Group has now selected Alcatel technology for its first 3G/UMTS network. Wave Telecom will launch 3G/UMTS services in Guernsey by April 2004 while GSM/GPRS services will be available in November 2003.

Launched in December 2002, Wave Telecom is the only mobile operator to apply for and receive a 3G licence from Guernsey's Office of Utility Regulation. Wave Telecom's licence also covers the provision of GSM/GPRS and 3G/UMTS services for the surrounding Channel Islands of Alderney and Sark.

Under the terms of this contract, Alcatel will supply and install a complete and integrated set of GSM/GPRS and UMTS features and network configurations thanks to its field-proven Evolium(TM) multi-standard base stations. The Alcatel's Evolium(TM) solution features the GSM/GPRS and the UTRAN (UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network) radio systems, the mobile circuit and packet switch core network systems, as well as the Radio Network Controllers (RNC) and a Home Location Register (HLR).

"Third generation technology adds a totally new dimension to mobile phone services by enabling all forms of communication to be accessible on a mobile," said Tim Ringsdore, Managing Director of Wave Telecom. "We are delighted to be able to invest in this new technology and offer real choice and innovation to the people of Guernsey. It is Wave's intention to build a first class mobile network. Alcatel's proven record with Jersey Telecom made it the logical partner for this historic project."

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