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Bridge Mobile Alliance welcomes CTM as its newest operator member

27 November 2006 - Asia Pacific’s largest mobile alliance group, Bridge Mobile Alliance welcomes CTM (Macau) as its ninth operator member, joining a network of top mobile operators across the region with a combined subscriber base of 100 million.

The alliance has been steadily expanding its membership base over the past 15 months, and currently has a total of eighteen alliance members, comprising nine leading mobile operator members in the region and nine global technology associate members:

       Operator members: Airtel (India), CSL (Hong Kong), CTM (Macau), Globe Telecom (Philippines),Mobile (Taiwan) and Telkomsel (Indonesia).
       Technology associate members: Ericsson, Gemalto, Hewlett Packard, LogicaCMG, Motorola,Nokia, QUALCOMM, Siemens and ZTE.

With CTM on board, the alliance can now extend its regional service presence and coverage to Macau, which is a popular tourist destination in Asia Pacific.

Dr. Patrick Sim, Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Mobile, says, “We are delighted to have CTM, who is Macau’s largest mobile operator, join the alliance. CTM’s excellent mobile coverage and customer service support will enable customers to enjoy the same seamless convenience and premium quality of service in Macau as they would in other Bridge Mobile Alliance member operator countries.”

Phil Green, Chief Executive Officer, CTM, says, “It is an honor for CTM to become an operator member of the Bridge Mobile Alliance. Through this alliance and shared platform, not only that member operators from several Asia Pacific countries can share experiences in technology development, but more importantly, we are able to understand what other technologies go hand in hand with the 3rd Generation network and what value added services can be developed to match this generation’s requirements. As an operator member of the alliance, CTM is able to leverage on the close collaboration with the alliance member operators to provide customers a comprehensive range of support services across the respective operator member’s network. We are looking forward to establish closer partnership with the fellow members to excel towards the ultimate objective of benefiting our customers from a seamless, fully integrated Asia Pacific telecommunications network.”

The following services are now available to Bridge Mobile Alliance member operators’ customers who roam in Macau on CTM’s network:

       Bridge Concierge, which provides free customer service support handset purchase and free IDD callback facility to home operator.
       The Bridge Concierge counter in Macau is located at the CTM shop in Largo do Senado. It joins an existing network of 39 Bridge Concierge counters located across eight countries in Asia to provide customer service support to customers who roam on the alliance’s member networks.
       Virtual home environment’ benefits which enable customers to conveniently use their home short codes while roaming to access their voicemail or call their home operator customer service. Other benefits include quality connection to GPRS, as well as being able to send MMS seamlessly back home or to other member operators’ networks.
       Bridge Enterprise, which provides one-stop convenience and procurement of regional mobile services for corporations with operations across Asia.

Likewise, customers of CTM will also get to enjoy the same suite of regional privileges when they roam with Bridge Mobile Alliance member networks overseas. Other Bridge Mobile Alliance services and promotions will be introduced to CTM customers in due course.

More information on service availability can be found on www.ctm.net.

For media enquires, please contact: media.relations@bridgealliance.com

About Bridge Mobile Alliance
Established in November 2004, Bridge Mobile Alliance is Asia Pacific's largest mobile alliance group. The alliance is a current partnership of nine leading mobile operators in Asia Pacific, namely, Airtel (India), CSL (Hong Kong), CTM (Macau), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Maxis (Malaysia), SingTel Mobile (Singapore), Optus (Australia), Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan) and Telkomsel (Indonesia), as well as nine technology associate members. Bridge Mobile Alliance operates through a Singapore-incorporated joint venture company, Bridge Mobile Pte Ltd.

Bridge Mobile Alliance offers significant commercial benefits and economies of scale to alliance members. Through close collaboration, alliance members can leverage on collective capabilities and best practices to develop relevant and innovative mobile services for the Asia Pacific market.

Bridge Mobile Alliance will invest up to US$40 million over the next three years to build and establish a shared regional mobile infrastructure, and to deliver a wider suite of regional mobile services. More importantly, Bridge Mobile Alliance is focused on creating a consistent delivery of mobile services across the region, thereby offering customers a seamless experience beyond borders.

About CTM

Formed in October 1981, Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau S.A.R.L. (CTM) is a joint venture of the international telecommunications giants: Cable and Wireless; Portugal Telecom; CITIC Pacific and Macao Post. Being Macau's only full telecom services provider, CTM has been maintaining its lead in the telecom arena throughout the past 25 years and continues to play a major role in the ongoing development of Macau's infrastructure. With a solid financial base and an enviable track record for technical achievement, CTM offers a wide spectrum of telecommunication services, which include Fixed Telephony, Mobile, Internet and Enterprise Solutions. Today, CTM is the biggest Internet Service Provider and the leading mobile operator in Macau with a customer base of more than 570,000 in fixed line, Internet and mobile telephones. While keeping abreast of the pace of technology development, CTM operates one of the most modern and efficient telecommunications systems in the world and is committed to enhancing its already impressive technological capabilities, demonstrating their commitment to provide both personal and corporate customers with world-class and innovative telecom services.

Entering the new digital era, CTM further realizes its commitment in structuring Macau into an integrated digital city which involves building a next generating Internet based IP core network with integration of 3G mobile network, broadband, high-speed data services and applications, which will enable residents to enjoy high-quality communications services at all time and facilitate Macau as an environment suitable for conducting business.

For more information about CTM, please visit www.ctm.net.