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ERICSSON TO EXPAND MALAYSIAN NETWORK

STOCKHOLM, Sweden-Ericsson Telecommunications Sdn Bhd received an order to expand Mutiara Telecommunications Sdn Bhd’s nationwide personal communications network in Malaysia. Ericsson values the contract at $130 million.

Mutiara’s order consists of switching, radio base stations and transmission equipment.

“We currently have 130,000 subscribers on the Mutiara DiGi1800 network, which makes us the largest PCN operator in Malaysia,” said Kamaruddin Jaffar, chairman of Mutiara Telecom. “This order will further improve the capacity of the network to accommodate 400,000 subscribers.”

Mutiara Telecom was the last of five operators in Malaysia to receive a license for digital telephony based on the Global System for Mobile communications PCN standard in mid-1994, and was the first to commercially launch the system, said Ericsson.

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