MTN Group; Sync Upgrade To Enhance Performance for Leading African Cellular Network High-Tech Writers / Business Editors SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 2004 Symmetricom (Nasdaq:SYMM), a leading worldwide supplier of atomic clocks and network synchronization and timing solutions, and Grintek Telecom today announced that Mobile Telephone Networks (JSE:MTN)(MTN Group Ltd) will implement a synchronization upgrade to its MSC, BSC and ATM network using Symmetricom's SSU 2000 Synchronization Supply Units and TimePictra network management software. The upgrade is to be rolled out in 21 locations throughout South Africa. The value of the deal including extended warranty and support is in excess of USD 1.3 million. Synchronization is required to minimize service interruption and ensure all network elements perform at peak efficiency. Quality sync is key for the smooth transmission of voice, video and data. "The African telecoms environment faces challenges such as geographic expanses, population density, and disparity in infrastructure. Our focus is to provide a high quality service for our business and residential customers by increasing capacity where needed and not just extending geographic coverage," said Karel Pienaar, managing director, MTN SA. "Investing in our MSC, BSC and ATM sync network infrastructure is a critical step towards providing excellence in our operations." "Grintek Telecom, Symmetricom's value added reseller for the African market, is offering a turnkey solution including network design, project management, implementation and support for the MTN infrastructure upgrade," said Delio Senatore of Grintek. "MTN has a demonstrated commitment to providing its customers with Quality of Service improvements by deploying next-generation synchronization supply units to reduce network and service failures," said Tom Steipp, president and CEO of Symmetricom. "Symmetricom's SSUs and TimePictra management software will serve to minimize network downtime in MTN's MSC and BSC networks." About MTN Group Launched in 1994, the MTN Group celebrates ten years as a leading provider of cellular and communications services in Africa and is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa under the share code: "MTN." The Group encompasses MTN South Africa, MTN International and its Strategic Investments division which hosts Orbicom, Airborn and MTN Network Solutions. As of March 31, 2004, the MTN Group recorded almost ten million subscribers across the continent where it provides cellular, satellite and Internet access services to 14 African countries. The Group has invested in six GSM cellular networks in Africa, including South Africa, Swaziland, Rwanda, Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria. For more information please visit www.mtn.co.za. About Grintek Telecom Grintek Telecom, a division of JSE-listed Grintek Ltd, is one of SA's leading empowerment ICT solutions and integration companies. Grintek Telecom provides tailored and innovative ICT solutions, from initial project and business requirement consulting, through to implementation, integration and ongoing support. www.grintek.com About Symmetricom Incorporated Symmetricom is a leading supplier of synchronization and timing solutions to telecom, government and industry. Our products include wireline and wireless network synchronization, hydrogen masers, cesium and rubidium clocks, time authentication systems as well as G.shdsl broadband equipment. We are based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.symmetricom.com. CONTACT: Symmetricom, Inc Tracy DeMay, 408-220-7635 firstname.lastname@example.org www.symmetricom.com or Grintek Telecom Linda Weaver, 012-672-8000 email@example.com www.grintek.com
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