interWAVE Signs $1.5 Million Contract With NationLink and Becomes Primary GSM Equipment Supplier to Four Networks in Somalia

Jul 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from interWAVE Communications

    MENLO PARK, Calif., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- interWAVE(R) Communications,
 (Nasdaq:   IWAV), a pioneer in compact wireless voice communications systems and
 broadband wireless data networks, today announced a $1.5 million GSM network
 contract from NationLink making interWAVE the primary GSM equipment supplier
 to four networks in Somalia.  Prior to this deployment, NationLink, a
 communications service provider, depended solely upon a wireline network to
 deliver their telecommunication services.  With the deployment of interWAVE's
 GSM network solution, NationLink can quickly and cost effectively expand to
 areas traditionally considered too small or too remote for wireless cellular
 service, immediately opening up new revenue opportunities.  NationLink plans
 to extend their initial deployment of interWAVE's GSM solutions to
 northeastern Kenya and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
     "interWAVE is pleased to provide NationLink a complete and cost effective
 wireless GSM solution.  Our compact GSM products are the perfect solution for
 emerging markets.  Our solutions enable the network operator to develop new
 market opportunities with an immediate return on investment.  Traditional
 wireless networks are cost prohibitive and have both a longer payback period
 and higher on-going maintenance costs," stated Priscilla Lu, Chairman and CEO
 of interWAVE.  "This contract is another example of how interWAVE's cellular
 networks offer value in delivering full GSM services for operators looking for
 small, scaleable and simple to maintain networks that interoperate with
 international mobile and wireline networks."
 
     About interWAVE Communications
     interWAVE Communications International, Ltd. is a global provider of
 compact network solutions and services that offer an alternative approach to
 traditional wireless and wireline network deployments.  Our solutions provide
 economical, distributed networks that minimize capital expenditure while
 immediately accelerating customers' revenue generation.  interWAVE's solutions
 feature a product suite for the rapid and simple deployment of end-to-end
 compact cellular systems and broadband wireless data networks that deliver
 advanced mobile voice, data and multimedia over scalable IP, ATM and GSM
 broadband networks.  interWAVE's highly mobile, cellular networks and
 broadband wireless solutions and services provide vital and reliable mobile
 communications capabilities for customers in over 50 countries.  Our complete
 offering includes solid expertise in network design, implementation,
 professional services and superior technical support, delivering seamless
 end-to-end wireless networks.  interWAVE's U.S. subsidiary is headquartered at
 312 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California, and can be contacted at
 www.iwv.com or at 650-838-2100.
 
     About NationLink
     Headquartered in Mogadishu, Somalia, NationLink offers a variety of
 telecom services including landline telephones, faxes, data, long range
 cordless telephones and Internet services.  NationLink is one of three major
 telecommunications companies headquartered in Mogadishu that has participated
 in collaborating to form a joint Internet company -- Somali Internet Company
 (SICO) to provide services throughout the region.
 
     This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to
 known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the results of
 interWAVE Communications International, Ltd. to differ materially from
 management's current expectations.  These risks and uncertainties include, but
 are not limited to, the risks relating to interWAVE's history of losses, the
 expectation of future losses, reliance on a small number of customers,
 complexity of products, difficulties in introducing new or enhanced products,
 compliance with regulations and evolving industry standards, long sales
 cycles, intense competition, management of global operations, the ability to
 retain and motivate key employees, and acquisition related risk factors
 including potential for profit acceleration, dilution of shares outstanding,
 increases in debt absorbed and potential post-acquisition employee retention,
 as well as the Risk Factors discussed in the filings and reports made from
 time to time by interWAVE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 interWAVE assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements,
 which speak only as of their respective dates.
 
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    MENLO PARK, Calif., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- interWAVE(R) Communications,
 (Nasdaq:   IWAV), a pioneer in compact wireless voice communications systems and
 broadband wireless data networks, today announced a $1.5 million GSM network
 contract from NationLink making interWAVE the primary GSM equipment supplier
 to four networks in Somalia.  Prior to this deployment, NationLink, a
 communications service provider, depended solely upon a wireline network to
 deliver their telecommunication services.  With the deployment of interWAVE's
 GSM network solution, NationLink can quickly and cost effectively expand to
 areas traditionally considered too small or too remote for wireless cellular
 service, immediately opening up new revenue opportunities.  NationLink plans
 to extend their initial deployment of interWAVE's GSM solutions to
 northeastern Kenya and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
     "interWAVE is pleased to provide NationLink a complete and cost effective
 wireless GSM solution.  Our compact GSM products are the perfect solution for
 emerging markets.  Our solutions enable the network operator to develop new
 market opportunities with an immediate return on investment.  Traditional
 wireless networks are cost prohibitive and have both a longer payback period
 and higher on-going maintenance costs," stated Priscilla Lu, Chairman and CEO
 of interWAVE.  "This contract is another example of how interWAVE's cellular
 networks offer value in delivering full GSM services for operators looking for
 small, scaleable and simple to maintain networks that interoperate with
 international mobile and wireline networks."
 
     About interWAVE Communications
     interWAVE Communications International, Ltd. is a global provider of
 compact network solutions and services that offer an alternative approach to
 traditional wireless and wireline network deployments.  Our solutions provide
 economical, distributed networks that minimize capital expenditure while
 immediately accelerating customers' revenue generation.  interWAVE's solutions
 feature a product suite for the rapid and simple deployment of end-to-end
 compact cellular systems and broadband wireless data networks that deliver
 advanced mobile voice, data and multimedia over scalable IP, ATM and GSM
 broadband networks.  interWAVE's highly mobile, cellular networks and
 broadband wireless solutions and services provide vital and reliable mobile
 communications capabilities for customers in over 50 countries.  Our complete
 offering includes solid expertise in network design, implementation,
 professional services and superior technical support, delivering seamless
 end-to-end wireless networks.  interWAVE's U.S. subsidiary is headquartered at
 312 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California, and can be contacted at
 www.iwv.com or at 650-838-2100.
 
     About NationLink
     Headquartered in Mogadishu, Somalia, NationLink offers a variety of
 telecom services including landline telephones, faxes, data, long range
 cordless telephones and Internet services.  NationLink is one of three major
 telecommunications companies headquartered in Mogadishu that has participated
 in collaborating to form a joint Internet company -- Somali Internet Company
 (SICO) to provide services throughout the region.
 
     This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to
 known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause the results of
 interWAVE Communications International, Ltd. to differ materially from
 management's current expectations.  These risks and uncertainties include, but
 are not limited to, the risks relating to interWAVE's history of losses, the
 expectation of future losses, reliance on a small number of customers,
 complexity of products, difficulties in introducing new or enhanced products,
 compliance with regulations and evolving industry standards, long sales
 cycles, intense competition, management of global operations, the ability to
 retain and motivate key employees, and acquisition related risk factors
 including potential for profit acceleration, dilution of shares outstanding,
 increases in debt absorbed and potential post-acquisition employee retention,
 as well as the Risk Factors discussed in the filings and reports made from
 time to time by interWAVE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 interWAVE assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements,
 which speak only as of their respective dates.
 
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