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Stockholm, February 28, 2001

Chris Bannister appointed CEO of Hi3G

Chris Bannister, 41 years old, enters as CEO of the UMTS-operator Hi3G Access AB. Chris Bannister has fifteen years experience in the mobile telecommunications industry, having started and managed mobile telephone companies in Europe and Asia.

"Hi3G is in an excellent position to lead the way in 3G. We have no baggage in terms of latent systems or organization culture. As a pure 3G operator we can fully focus on bringing the benefits this new technology can deliver. This advantage can't be overestimated." Chris Bannister says in a statement.

Chris Bannisters most recently held a position at the American world leading broadband operator ntl, where he lead the development of ntl's 3G operations. Prior to his engagement with ntl Bannister held leading positions with Swisscom, Cable & Wireless, Mercury One2One and Motorola.

"The critical success factor will be the ability to build an organisation that can deliver to our customers the relevant services that enhance their lifestyle. 3G is as much about developing services and marketing as it is about physical infrastructure.

It is exciting for me to get the opportunity to do this in Sweden, and to participate in the development of a world leading market for the third generation mobile communication," Bannister says.

The Hi3G chairman Bjrn Svedberg is pleased to present a CEO so soon after the European Commission has given its final approval to the Hi3G joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa and Investor AB.

"With Chris Bannister in charge we get the combination of solid marketing competence and extensive experience of start-ups in mobile services required for Hi3G to become a success." Bjrn Svedberg says in a statement.

For further information please contact:

Bjrn Svedberg,
Tel: +46 8 545 01 777
[email protected]

Chris Bannister
Tel: +46 8 696 00 36
[email protected]

Hi3G is a joint venture between Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (60%) and Investor AB (40%). Hi3G's ambition is to be Sweden's leading UMTS operator, with innovative services and a high quality network. Hi3G's services will be available in the Swedish market from 1 January 2002 the latest, and full population coverage will be reached by the end of 2003.

Chris Bannister

Date of birth:16/09/59
Place of birth:Wigan, U.K.
Family:Wife and two children
Education:B.Sc Chemistry Sheffield Polytechnic, 1982
Sep. 1999-Jan 2001     ntl
 Director of Mobile
Sep. 1996-Feb. 1999     Swisscom International
 Chief Marketing Officer
Oct. 1992-Sep. 1996Cable and Wireless
 Head of Sales, Marketing and Customer Services (M1, Singapore)
 National Sales Manager - MercuryOne2One
1987-Oct. 1992Motorola
UK Sales and Marketing Manager
1982-1987W.R Grace Ltd.