Speednet throws hat into telecommunications ring Speednet, a new wireless operator in Belize, has selected Nortel Networkd * [NYSE/TSX: NT] as the exclusive provider of a third-generation (3G) wireless infrastructure to bring advanced mobile voice and data services to Speednet’s customer throughout Belize.
Nortel Networks will immediately begin deployment of its CDMA2000 1X wireless solution portfolio, positioning Speednet to offer a suite of new applications including mobile Web browsing, e-mails, photos, video and music downloads, games, ring tones, location-based and push-to-talk services.

Speednet also plans to offer services in underserved rural areas of Belize, providing access to information and Internet services in low density areas. For business customers in Belize, Speednet plans to launch VPN Services, Wireless Broadband, Secure Corporate access and advanced wireless multimedia services based on Nortel Networks Wireless Data and security solutions.

“Speednet was created as an alternative wireless service provider that could offer both residential and business customers with value-added applications that can simplify the way they live, work and play, as well as giving them new ways in which to access information and educational resources,” said Eduardo Santiago, chief executive officer, Speednet. “We chose Nortel Networks as our provider based on their global leadership in advanced wireless network deployments and proven portfolio of services and solutions that can allow us to rapidly meet our current business objectives and protect our investment as we grow.”

Speednet has also chosen Nortel Networks to remotely monitor and manage its network through Nortel Networks Remote Operation Center (ROC). The ROC positions Speednet to reduce operational expenses while maintaining a reliable network. The comprehensive solution is managed through a single point of contact that provides monitoring and prompt technical expertise.

“Starting out with a 3G network is an aggressive move that will immediately position Speednet to offer a great variety of sophisticated wireless services in Belize,” said Kevin Taylor, vice president, Wireless Networks, Caribbean and Latin America, Nortel Networks. “We are working closely with them to build a world-class infrastructure, sharing our 30-plus years in regional experience as well as our technological expertise. And with Nortel Networks ROC management solution. Speednet is positioned to keep operating expenses low while they concentrate on delivering revenue-generating services to their customers.”

Nortel Networks CDMA technology is designed to maximize existing customer investments and help service providers drive down capital and operating costs. A leader in CDMA since 1995, Nortel Networks has designed and deployed CDMA networks over varying terrain and population densities for more than 65 operators in 19 countries. Nortel Networks CDMA technology supports multiple frequencies simultaneously, including 450, 800, 1900 and 2100 MHz.

Nortel Networks ROC combines traditional network monitoring and event management services with fault resolution to offer end-to-end management solutions, providing reliable quality of service and requiring lower capital investments, which enables network owners to focus on core business goals.

Nortel Networks has designed, installed and launched more than 300 wireless networks in over 50 countries across the globe. Nortel networks was the industry’s first supplier with wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO, UMTS and WLAN), and is the only end-to-end provider of all next generation wireless solutions.

Speednet Telecommunications, Limited is a licensed wireless telecommunications provider in the country of Belize. Speednet was granted an INDIVIDUAL LICENSE and a SPECTRUM ALLOCATION by the Public utilities Commission (the “PUC”) of Belize in August, 2003, authorizing Speednet to operate a telecommunications network within the country. This license was granted for an initial period of 15 years, with subsequent renewal provisions. Speednet will operate and market its services in Belize under the “Smart” brand-name.

Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world communicates and exchanges information. The company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com or www.nortelnetworks.com/media center.