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BARAKAAT TELECOMMUNICATIONS SELECTS INTERWAVE FOR NETWORK EXPANSION IN SOMALIA

Added: (Tue Feb 20 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - interWAVE continues success in providing Modular GSM Network solutions
to emerging markets

February 20, 2001
MENLO PARK, Calif., United States - interWAVE“ Communications International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: IWAV), a pioneer in the wireless network industry, today announced it has been selected by Somalian mobile telecommunications operator, Barakaat Telecommunications Co., as a turnkey supplier of GSM network equipment and services to expand Barakaat’s existing GSM Network.
Barakaat will expand to 40 service areas, including cities, towns and districts, using interWAVE’s unique Modular GSM Network solution. This expansion will provide coverage for up to 70 percent of Somalia’s population. With this contract, interWAVE remains the sole GSM supplier to Barakaat.
interWAVE’s networking approach is designed around a creative business model which gives GSM operators the ability to introduce greater numbers of initial target markets under limited capital expenditure budgets. Critical emerging markets require local switching, and given that approximately 80 percent of traffic remains local, interWAVE’s distributed switching solution will provide this service.
“Since entering into a strategic relationship with interWAVE two years ago and deploying an initial network for 10 service areas, interWAVE has demonstrated that they not only have the robust product necessary for the task, but their product evolution is designed to get a greater number of networks up and running under capital expenditure budget restraints,” said Abdullah Hussine, vice president and CTO of Barakaat in Dubai. “interWAVE’s project management and support capabilities have served Barakaat well and under the new political climate, we expect both ourselves and interWAVE to benefit greatly from an exponential growth in business.”
“Winning repeat business is core to interWAVE’s strategic long term business initiatives, and in the case of Barakaat, it is very gratifying to be accepted again as their sole supplier and we look forward to maintaining that position,” said Priscilla Lu, Ph.D., chairman and chief executive officer of interWAVE.
interWAVE’s Modular GSM Networks solution, together with its Business MobilityTM and Specialized Solutions, represent the company’s three GSM business units.

About interWAVE Communications
interWAVE Communications International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: IWAV) has pioneered a product suite that provides all of the infrastructure equipment and software necessary to support an entire wireless network within a single compact system. interWAVE’s networks support the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) standard. interWAVE’s products are currently deployed in more than 30 countries for both community and wireless office applications. GSM accounts for 68 percent of the world's digital market and 59.9 percent of the world's wireless market with subscriber numbers approaching 500 million. interWAVE markets and sells its products directly to GSM Licensed Operators, Mobile Virtual Network Operators and indirectly through strategic relationships with communications equipment providers and systems integrators.
More information about interWAVE Communications is available on the company’s web site at http://www.iwv.com.


Contacts
Mike Fitzgerald
interWAVE Communications
erick@iwv.com
+1 650-838-2058

Lisa Christie
Linhart McClain Finlon
lchristie@mcclainfinlon.com
+1 303-383-4604

Tim Guest
RPPR
Timg@rppr.co.uk
+44 20 7881 3229

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