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BH Telecom selects Nokia Siemens Networks to build an optical backbone network in Bosnia and Herzegovina

New optical network from Nokia Siemens Networks to strengthen BH Telecom product strategy with increased transmission capacity to capture rising data traffic

(PresseBox) (Espoo, Finland / Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ) Bosnia and Herzegovina s biggest operator of mobile and fixed networks - BH Telecom - will use Nokia Siemens Networks flexible, high-capacity fiber-optic platform to strengthen its leading market position and expand its services to customers. BH Telecom is the first operator in the country to implement Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology.

"We are actively working to expand and strengthen our solutions portfolio and value propositions for the Bosnian market. A reliable, high capacity network from a vendor who understands the importance of rapid deployment is the cornerstone on our way to provide capabilities for UMTS and VoIP technology in near future," said Nedzad Residbegovic, General Manager of BH Telecom. "We are confident that this step gives us the possibility to strengthen our number one position in the Bosnia and Herzegovina market and to provide best-of-breed customer solutions."

Nokia Siemens Networks DWDM network based on the SURPASS hiT 7300 platform will provide BH Telecom with a scalable and cost effective transport backbone, anticipating the future transmission volumes from the emerging data traffic. It also will prepare the operator for the transformation towards Next Generation Networks.

The deliveries are planned for the second quarter of 2008. Nokia Siemens Networks also will provide BH Telecom with an advanced network management system for next generation optical networks (TMNS), as well as network implementation and training services for BH Telecom s staff, to ensure network launch within agreed timeframes and the highest possible quality.

The new network will give BH Telecom a very strong leading market position and provide the possibility to increase data transport capacities to carrier customers. For end users, it will mean a flexible bandwidth and quality services like Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The installation of this optical backbone network marks an entry of the DWDM technology to Bosnia and Herzegovina and helps Nokia Siemens Networks demonstrate its leadership in transforming the market towards data transport and Next Generation Networks, including the core network.

The network also features the new technology of reconfigurable optical add/drop Multiplexing (ROADM), which helps shorten the implementation time.

"With the SURPASS hiT 7300 Nokia Siemens Networks has proven its leadership in next-generation metro long haul and ultra long haul optical networks also in Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Hannu-Tapani Hirvonen, Sales Manager for Bosnia and Herzegovina at Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are delighted to expand our long and successful relationship with BH Telecom through the delivery of a scalable and cost-effective end-to-end-solution."

Nokia Siemens Networks holds the number one global market position in DWDM and is a global market leader in leading-edge long-haul and ultra long-haul ROADM.

About BH Telecom Bosnia - Herzegovina is located in the part of Europe where East and West meet which provides us favorable business opportunities and very good chances for doing modern business especially for companies active in the field of communications.

BH Telecom is the number one communication provider in the area of:

- PSTN telephony
- Mobile telephony
- Internet services
- Data transfer

BH Telecom provides for its clients the best of what the capacities can offer in area of voice services, data transfer and networking and intensively develops new infrastructures and ensures conditions for undisturbed communication on a highest quality level.

Vision In the operative aspect, BH Telecom has the vision to provide universal communication services to all of its users, seeking to reach 2 million subscribers by the end of 2008 on entire territory of B&H and in the strategic aspect, the vision of BH Telecom is the retaining of the leader s position on the BH market and growth into the one of leading factors in the field of communications in the region and

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.