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Hutchison 3G awards service activation software contract to Tertio

"Provident" software to be used on third-generation networks worldwide

London, UK, April 15 2002 - Hutchison 3G UK Limited ('Hutchison 3G') today announced that UK telecom software company Tertio has been awarded the contract to provide service activation software for Hutchison 3G's rollout.

Tertio's Provident software will initially be deployed in Italy and the UK and later made available in other countries where Hutchison Whampoa has 3G interests. Provident is a real-time service activation product that automates the provisioning of convergent services. This contract covers the Provident software license and Tertio's professional services for customisation, installation, testing, support and training.

Colin Tucker, managing director of Hutchison 3G, said: "It's essential for Hutchison 3G to choose a high-performance system that can cope with the demands of convergent service activation: After all, what we are doing is completely new. After evaluating all the alternatives we concluded that Tertio's Provident is the best to support our global 3G services."

Nigel Clifford, CEO of Tertio, said: "Provident already has a proven track record in the mobile sector and is consistently highly rated for its flexibility and scalability. Hutchison 3G's choice of Provident is further endorsement of Tertio's leadership in mobile service provisioning."

1. About Hutchison 3G

3G is a convergence of media, information and telephony which enables people to access information and entertainment services on the move. The 3G standard (agreed throughout Europe, Japan, China, and the rest of Asia) is formally known as UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System). It represents a global standard for third generation communication systems and is at the heart of the Hutchison 3G initiative.

Hutchison 3G UK Ltd. ("Hutchison 3G") holds licence 'A' (a third-generation licence), which was issued by the UK government in May 2000. This licence was for the largest block of spectrum auctioned in the UK, as it was set-aside for a new entrant to the market. The licence consists of 15MHz of paired spectrum, and 5MHz of unpaired spectrum.

Hutchison Whampoa Limited holds a 65 per cent stake in Hutchison 3G, the other major shareholders are NTT DoCoMo (20 per cent) KPN Mobile (15 per cent).

For further information on Hutchison 3G please visit or call Firefly on 020 7386 1595.

2. Tertio Telecoms

Tertio Telecoms provides operations support system (OSS) software that automates the creation and measurement of services. Our products are Provident for real-time creation of services and Evident for the measurement of convergent service usage.

Our solutions allow service providers to seamlessly migrate their customers to next generation infrastructure. This maximises the return on capital investment, speeds the time-to-profit for new services and drives down operating costs.

Tertio works with broadband service providers, real and virtual mobile network operators and application and content service providers. These include Telewest, NTL, One2One, Virgin Mobile, Vodacom, MTN and over 20 other fast growing service providers in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Our customers are provided with high-quality consulting, education and support services from our own pan-European professional services organisation and our leading systems integrator partners.

For further information on Tertio please contact:
Rosalind Marks
Marketing Communications Manager
Tertio Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7843 4086
Kathryn Andrews
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7580 8852