The Starmap Mobile Alliance adds the Czech Republic to its footprint, signs Eurotel

Mobile Alliance

Published: 21 September 2004 10:00

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The Starmap Mobile Alliance announces the immediate accession of Eurotel Praha, spol. s r. o. Including Eurotel, the alliance now consists of 11 leading independent operators extending the scope of seamless mobile voice and data services to over 53 million subscribers.

The Starmap Mobile Alliance is committed to increasing coverage and scale in key geographical areas and continuing to add value to its customers. As of now Eurotel, the largest provider of wireless voice and data services in the Czech Republic, joins the alliance with equal and full membership rights alongside the current ten operators. Eurotel will immediately start to co-operate in the alliance roaming, procurement, sales and marketing initiatives and to roll-out the Starmap Mobile Alliance endorsement brand with its key products and services.

“We look forward to leveraging the increased scale the alliance offers and enhance the services for our customers when traveling abroad,” commented Michal Herman, Acting CEO and Managing Director, Eurotel Praha, spol.s r.o.

“The accession of Eurotel underlines our commitment to expand in key territories, further increasing our scale and scope towards customers and suppliers,” said the Starmap Mobile Alliance Chairman, Rafael Wariwoda of ONE.

Eurotel Praha, spol. s r.o. is the largest mobile operator in the Czech Republic, with over 4.3 million registered customers at the end of June 2004 and an annual turnover of 29 078 million CZK in 2003.

The Starmap Mobile Alliance has eleven members: Amena (Spain), Eurotel (Czech Republic), O2 (Germany, the UK and Ireland), One (Austria), Pannon GSM (Hungary), SONOFON (Denmark), sunrise (Switzerland), Telenor Mobil (Norway) and Wind (Italy), covering a subscriber base of more than 53 million. Under the stewardship of a management board with representatives of each operator, the Starmap Mobile Alliance cooperates to provide an environment for innovative, attractive and easy to use services, granting a ‘home-away-from-home’ experience for its customers, encompassing the simplicity, convenience and service quality to which customers are accustomed to at home. The Starmap Mobile Alliance is collaborating in areas of sourcing, technology and sales to large corporate customers.

For more information, visit

www.starmapmobile.com

About the Companies

Amena

Amena is the mobile operator of Group Auna, the leading alternative telecom operator in Spain. Amena had a total of 8.475.000 subscribers at the end of March and a market share of 22,2% of the Spanish market. In the first quarter of this year, Amena added 312.000 new customers, 51,5 % market share. In 2003, Amena achieved 183 million euros bottom line being leader in innovation and simplicity at the time. Amena was the first operator in Spain to launch GPRS, MMS or video messaging and streaming services.

Manuel Bueno Montoya

Press director Auna Group

+34.91.202.50.61

Fernando Castro Izuzquiza

Chief of press of Amena

+34.656.155.213

Eurotel

With more than 4.3 million registered customers at the end of June 2004, Eurotel Praha, spol. s r. o. is the largest provider of wireless voice and data services in the Czech Republic. The mobile telephone networks of Eurotel 900/1800 MHz and 450 MHz cover territory lived in by 99 percent of the population of the CR, i.e. more than 10 million people. Eurotel holds a UMTS license for the operation of 3rd generation mobile services. Eurotel, as the first operator in Europe offers the CDMA2000 1xEV-DO high speed Internet access in its 450 MHz network.

. Eurotel Praha is a limited liability company (spol. sr. o.), and is owned (100%) by Ceskؽ Telecom, a. s.

Eurotel Praha, spol. sr. o.

Diana Dobءlovء

Media spokesperson

+420 720 70 44 00

diana_dobalova@eurotel.cz

mmO2

mmO2 has more than 20 million customers and 100% ownership of mobile network operators in three countries – the UK, Germany and Ireland – as well as leading mobile Internet portal business. All of these businesses are branded as O2. Additionally, the company has operations on the Isle of Man (Manx Telecom) and owns O2 Airwave – an advanced, digital emergency communications service.

mmO2 plc

David Nicholas

Director of Communications

david.nicholas@o2.com

t: +44 (0) 771 575 9176

Simon Gordon-

Press Relations Manager

simon.gordon@o2.com

t: +44 (0)771 007 0698

mmO2 press office: 01753 628402.

All mmO2 Group news releases can be accessed at our web site:

www.mmo2.com

ONE

ONE GmbH, known as ONE in Austria has 1.8 million customers and a population coverage of 98%. ONE is also the only mobile provider in Austria with a nation-wide GSM 1800 mobile telephony network and the market leader in WLAN . With 970 employees (about 860 full time employments) ONE focuses on service, product development and usability all linked to the easy to use interface ONE SMILE. Turnover end of 2003 reached 640 million Euro with investments of up to 1.65 billion Euro. Shareholders include German E.ON (50.10%) Norway’s Telenor (17.45%) Orange, France (17.45%) and Denmark’s TDC (15%)

Cindy Nؤgeli-du Pont,

t:+43 699-1699 3400,

e-mail:

cindy.naegeli-dupont@one.at

Pannon GSM

Pannon GSM, owned 100% by Telenor Mobile Norway, had by the end of 2003 approximately 36% share of the Hungarian mobile market, where the penetration exceeds 78%. Pannon GSM for already 10 years offers wide range of telecommunication services to customers from individual consumers to large size companies as well. Services can be voice or data services (for example HSCSD), based on dual-band GSM (900 and 1800), GPRS and recently EDGE technology. By the end of January 2004, the company had GSM roaming agreements with 280 mobile operators in 115 countries.

Dسra Somlyai

Corporate Communications Director

dsomlyai@pgsm.hu

+ 36 20930 4000

www.pannongsm.hu

SONOFON

SONOFON is a Danish mobile operator with a special emphasis on flexible, useful and above-all simple solutions. The company was incorporated in 1991 and has enjoyed continuous growth over the past ten years. Today, SONOFON is the second largest mobile operator in Denmark with more than a million own mobile subscribers and turnover of more than EUR575 million (Q4, 2003). Telenor has a 100 per cent holding in SONOFON.

Karin Skjødt Hindkjær

Director Corporate Communications

KSL@sonofon.dk

+4572126036

www.sonofon.dk

sunrise

sunrise is the brand name of TDC Switzerland AG. The TDC Group owns 100% of the share capital of TDC Switzerland AG. As the leading independent fullservice provider in Switzerland sunrise offers mobile, fixnet and internet services. In 2003 sunrise generated a net turnover of around EUR 1.245 billion serving a total customer base of more than 2.6 million subscribers.

Monika Walser

Executive Director Corporate Communications

media@sunrise.net

+41 (0)1 555 69 33

www.sunrise.net

Media-Hotline 0800 333 000

Telenor Mobil

At the end of the first quarter 2004, Telenor Mobil had 2.38 million customers, equivalent to 56% of the Norwegian market. The mobile penetration in Norway is approximately 90%. Telenor Mobil’s success has stemmed from customer friendly wireless communications. Telenor Mobil’s wide range of services and subscriptions include m-commerce through Content Provider Access and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

Esben Tuman Johnsen

Head of Information, Telenor Norway

T: +47 905 08 400

esben-tuman.johnsen@telenor.com

www.telenormobil.no

Wind

Wind started-up operations early in 1999 as the first European operator of integrated mobile, landline and Internet services for consumer and business clients. Its nationwide DCS/GSM mobile network covers over 98% of population, with strong voice and data capabilities. Wind, a leading company for innovation, is an i-mode(tm) operator since the end of 2003, and it is going to launch UMTS on i-mode platform in October this year. As of March, 31 2004, Wind boasted 28.3 million customers, including 10.2 mobile users.

Gianni Di Giovanni

Media Relations Director

Via C.G.Viola, 48 – 00148 Roma

Tel +39 06 8311 4546

Fax +39 06 8311 5153

Via Lorenteggio , 257 – Milano

Tel +39 02 3011 5416

Fax +39 02 3011 5455

gianni.digiovanni@mail.wind.it