NEC and Sumitomo Win Framework Contract to Supply Microwave Communication Systems to Italian Mobile Phone Operator, Wind


TOKYO and LONDON, January 17 -- NEC Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation have signed a framework contract with Italian mobile phone operator Wind for the supply of NEC's advanced point-to-point wireless access systems, PASOLINK NEO.

Italy has a prime mobile phone market, boasting a total of 80.3 million mobile customers, with market penetration of 136%. Wind is one of the leading fixed-line, mobile and internet operators in this market, with more than 15 million mobile customers and more than 18% market share.

One of the advantageous features of NEC's PASOLINK NEO, as compared with other wireless access systems, is its ability to handle different transmission speeds and interfaces with the same platform. This flexibility allows easier and more cost efficient expansion of networks when operators need to increase capacity. Furthermore, NEC's ability to carry out full development, from purchasing of raw materials to mass production, ensures a highly reliable system of superior quality, which achieves an average failure rate of less than once every hundred years.

"NEC's virtually fail-safe class of reliability is why carriers worldwide are choosing NEC as their supplier of choice for wireless access systems,"
said Mr. Raffaele Brevetti, President and CEO, NEC Italia S.r.l.. "NEC and Sumitomo have won this framework contract as a result of the positive reaction of current PASOLINK customers". "NEC has been chosen by Wind, based on the quality and resilience of the equipment, and we are looking forward for a successful implementation", said Mr. Philip Tohme, Chief Technology Officer, Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.a.

With the accelerating global expansion of mobile subscribers and mobile internet services, demand for microwave communication systems is expected to see substantial growth, as these systems enable quick installation of telecommunication infrastructure. The rapid growth of NEC's PASOLINK business can be attributed to NEC's long-standing experience, competence, advanced and high-quality technologies, and its leading position in the global microwave communication systems market.

NEC will continue to drive its advantageous position in the mobile and wireless communication systems market to expand its growth and business operations worldwide.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: www.nec.com

About Sumitomo Corporation

Through its worldwide network, the Sumitomo Corporation Group engages in diverse business activities. These include various domestic and overseas transactions and import and export of a wide range of goods and commodities, and also providing a wide range of services and investing, in the fields of, such as metals, transportation and construction systems, machinery and electricity, media, electronics and network, chemicals, mineral resources and energy, consumer goods and services, materials and real estate, and finance and logistics.

http://www.sumitomocorp.co.jp/english/index.htm

About Wind

Established in 1997, Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA is one of the few European telecom operators to offer integrated fixed, mobile and Internet services. In Italy, Wind is the third-largest mobile operator, with a market share of more than 18% and more than 15 million customers. It is the leading alternative operator in fixed-line services. Libero.it is the top Italian web portal.

http://www.wind.it

Source: NEC Corporation

Press Contacts (Japan): Akiko Shikimori, NEC Corporation, a-shikimori@ay.jp.nec.com, +81-3-3798-6511;

(Europe), Chris Shimizu, NEC Europe Ltd., chris.shimizu@eu.nec.com; Hideyuki Terajima, Sumitomo Corporation, hideyuki.terajima@sumitomocorp.co.jp

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