Orange Dominicana has awarded Ericsson an expansion contract for its GSM/GPRS network in the Dominican Republic, one of the fastest-growing markets in Central America and the Caribbean.

The state-of-the-art technology supplied by Ericsson will enable Orange Dominicana to provide new advanced voice and high-speed data services to a growing number of mobile phone users in the Dominican Republic.


Ericsson is the sole supplier under the agreement; it will provide new switches and expansion of existing switches in Orange Dominicana's network. The contract also includes software features for improved speech quality and coverage, making Orange Dominicana's GSM network one of the most advanced in Central America.


Robert Rudin, Country Manager, Ericsson Dominican Republic, says Ericsson is pleased to be selected once again as Orange's supplier in the Dominican Republic. "This contract strengthens our position as the world's leading GSM provider, and confirms our position as a global strategic partner for Orange," he says.


Frederick Debord, President of Orange Dominicana SA, says Orange is passionate about delivering a better future to its customers in the Dominican Republic by offering the best communication experience. "We have received strong support from Ericsson since the beginning of our operations," he says. "With this step we strengthen our win-win relationship as part of our journey to a bright future."


Ericsson has been established in the Dominican Republic since 2000, when Orange started operations in the country. The equipment and services announced in today's contract will be in operation by the third quarter 2005.


Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.


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About Orange Dominicana
Orange Dominicana, a subsidiary of Orange SA, was launched in the Dominican Republic on November 2000. Orange SA is one of the world's leading communications companies, and operates in 16 countries with 52 million customers worldwide.


Orange Dominicana, offering a broad range of voice, data and international communication services, has reached second place in the highly competitive mobile market of the Dominican Republic in just three years. Orange Dominicana now has more than 600,000 subscribers.


Orange Dominicana is one of Caribbean's leading communications companies, and is well positioned for the future.