IA450 Congratulates CoTeCal on Recent CDMA450 Launch in Argentina

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COTECAL inaugurates first wireless network with CDMA2000 1x & 1x EV-DO in 450 MHz band at Calafate and El Chalten Argentina.

ZTE Corporation congratulates CoTeCal for the commitment to such an important event. There is no doubt the benefits from such an occasion will overflow from Calefate to the entire community and bordering towns. Likewise, ZTE thanks CoTeCal for the trust they placed in us by choosing the ZTE's CDMA 450 MHz technology.

The International 450 Association (IA450) is pleased to announce that the Coperativa Telefónica de Calafate Ltda. (CoTeCal) has inaugurated the first Argentinean wireless commercial network with CDMA2000 1X technology in 450 MHz Band. ZTE and Huawei supplied the radio base stations installed in the cities of El Calafate and El Chalten respectively.

CoTeCal General Manager, Mr. Raul E. Gamboa, expressed the following sentiments: "Our Cooperative is immensely proud to be the second operator in Latin America and the first in the republic of Argentina to have succeeded in obtaining a license to operate a system with CDMA450.

"In the zone of Calafate, with mountainous topography, we will provide telephone and internet services in an area of approximately 160 Km long and 40/70 Km wide. The network is supported by three BTS' and one micro BTS. In the zone of el Chalten, we have installed one BTS in a centralized location.

"The issuance of this license turns a page in the history of our cooperative as the project is now transformed into reality. From this point forward our cooperative fulfils its mission to allow the citizens in this locale to become incorporated, with the entire population in the surrounding coverage area, as well as the rural inhabitants; the tourists and the institutions that watch over security such as the Police, Department of Roads and Highways, Fire Department, Civil Defense and National Parks."

Also Mr. Edward Yang, Argentina ZTE Corporation President, stated: "ZTE Corporation congratulates CoTeCal for the commitment to such an important event. There is no doubt the benefits from such an occasion will overflow from Calefate to the entire community and bordering towns. Likewise, ZTE thanks CoTeCal for the trust they placed in us by choosing the ZTE's CDMA 450 MHz technology."

In his news release, Mr. Li Zhong, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Argentina expressed Huawei's congratulations for having achieved the concretion of such an important event, that without doubts will result in benefits for all the communities of El Calafate and El Chalten. Huawei wishes to thank CoTeCal for selecting them to provide CDMA450 equipment for El Chalten.

About CoTeCal

Founded on September 5th of 1969, Coperativa Telefónica de Calafate Ltda (CoTeCal) represents a group of people who joint together in order to provide the basic telephony service to the people living in the "El Calafate" area. During the years, the Cooperative was growing and started to search for financing and partners for increase their compromise with the society.

For more information, please visit the Website: http://www.cotecal.com.ar

About ZTE Corporation

ZTE Corporation is the pioneer of China's telecommunications equipment manufacturing industry, and a comprehensive provider of telecommunications equipment, mobile terminals and services. With its three product series, i.e. wireless, network and terminal (mobile phone), as well as GSM, CDMA, PHS, etc., ZTE is capable of providing global customers with diversified integrated telecommunications networking solutions and a wide range of professional services on a 24×7 basis, and has been involved in the market of international telecommunications operation services. ZTE Corporation is a member of IA450.For more information, please visit: http://www.zte.com.cn

About Huawei Technologies

Huawei Technologies is a global telecommunications and networking company that delivers long-term value and potential growth to its customers. The company is dedicated to providing innovative and customised equipment; services and solutions based on its deep understanding of customers' needs and demands. Huawei's product portfolio covers wireless product line (UMTS, cdma2000, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiMAX, etc.), network product line (NGN, xDSL, optical network, data communications, etc.), value added services (intelligent network, CDN/SAN, wireless data, etc.), and terminals.

Currently, Huawei has around 35,000 employees, and is serving over 300 telco operators, including 28 of the world's top 50 operators. Huawei's products have been deployed in more than 90 countries worldwide. Its contract sales in 2005 reached US$8.2 billion. Huawei Technologies is a member of IA450.For more information, please visit: http://www.huawei.com

About IA450

The International 450 Association promotes the use of CDMA2000® in the 450MHz band (CDMA450), and supports industry standards to advance the deployment of the technology. IA450 brings together industrial members and operators from Africa, Asia, and Latin America

and Europe. The IA450 provides guidance and leader ship to operator s interested in deploying CDMA450 technology through the extension of the results and benefits of actual member experiences and real life results and successes, to all global players. More information about the International 450 Association can be found on the IA450 web site at http://www.450world.org

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