Siemens wins network maintenance contract from Telemar

April 30, 2002--Siemens announced today that it has closed a partnership deal with Telemar (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the biggest telecom company in Latin America, covering the maintenance of the operator's switching offices, transmission system, and associated network infrastructure in six states in Brazil.

Apr 30th, 2002

Siemens announced today that it has closed a partnership deal with Telemar (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the biggest telecom company in Latin America, covering the maintenance of the operator's switching offices, transmission system, and associated network infrastructure in six states in Brazil. The volume of the contract is around $13 million per year.

As of May, Siemens will collaborate closely with Telemar. The Siemens' control center will interface with Telemar's Network Management Center (NMC), which remotely controls the operator's entire network from Rio de Janeiro. Siemens will be responsible for supervising the communication equipment in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, Paraiba, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte.

Telemar has one of the most complex network infrastructures in the world in 16 Brazilian states with 18 million telephone lines connected to 4,300 switches and 180 thousand data access ports.

According to Guilherme Mendonca, Telemar sales director, this contract points to a new trend in Brazil's telecommunications industry. "Operating companies are outsourcing those activities that are not their core business, seeking competent partners to execute such tasks," he contends.

Fore more information about Siemens Information and Communication Networks (IC Networks--Munich), visit the company's Web site at www.siemens.com/networks.

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