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ALREADY HALF-MILLION CZECHS CHOSEN OSKAR

08. June 2001

Oskar is proud to announce that it has become the GSM wireless services partner to 500.000 Czech Republic mobile phone users. The half-million subscriber was activated to the Oskar network after only fifteen months of full commercial operations. Cesky Mobil, operating under the brand name Oskar, launched full commercial service on March 1, 2000. “Oskar's short history has been marked by successful execution on all fronts: a strong brand recording high unaided awareness levels, a quick and efficient network deployment leading to 98% population coverage at year end 2000 and a cost effective direct distribution model have made Oskar one of the fastest growing start up cellular operation in the region" said Al Tolstoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cesky Mobil.

Oskar is proud to announce that it has become the GSM wireless services partner to 500.000 Czech Republic mobile phone users. The half-million subscriber was activated to the Oskar network after only fifteen months of full commercial operations. Cesky Mobil, operating under the brand name Oskar, launched full commercial service on March 1, 2000.

“Oskar's short history has been marked by successful execution on all fronts: a strong brand recording high unaided awareness levels, a quick and efficient network deployment leading to 98% population coverage at year end 2000 and a cost effective direct distribution model have made Oskar one of the fastest growing start up cellular operation in the region" said Al Tolstoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cesky Mobil. 

Since the beginning of this year, Oskar has been adding an average of almost 40,000 subscribers per month. “We are very pleased with the continued dynamic growth of our subscriber base, as well as the increased percentage of higher value customers joining our network,” said Karla Stephens, senior-vicepresident. “Already approximately 39% of this year’s new additions subscribe to our post-paid services." 

In addition to receiving 300 minutes of airtime free per month for the next 7 years, Oskar‘s 500.000th customer will get the golden phone number 0777 738 738 and a gift package containing Oskar’s branded items. Nokia will present Oskar’s 500.000th customer with the Nokia 6210 handset. 

Český Mobil a.s. became the third mobile network operator in the Czech Republic after being granted a GSM 900/1800 dual band license by the Czech government in October 1999 and launched the commercial operation of its leading-edge GSM network s on March 1, 2000 under the brand name Oskar. Oskar achieved the fastest ever GSM launch by having its network on the air within three months of license award. Oskar achieved network coverage parity with the two incumbent operators at the end of 2000. In addition to providing valued added voice services, Oskar is considered to offer the most comprehensive WAP services in the country

Český Mobil a.s. is a member of telecommunications group of Canadian-based Telesystem International Wireless (TIW). TIW is a rapidly-growing, global mobile communications operator with over 4.8 million subscribers worldwide. The Company's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TIW") and NASDAQ ("TIWI"). 

TIW is building digital specialized mobile radio (ESMR) networks in Europe through its subsidiary Dolphin Telecom plc. In addition to its Dolphin operations, TIW is the strategic partner in two leading cellular operators in Brazil. TIW's subsidiary in Central and Eastern Europe, ClearWave, is a cellular market leader in Romania and launched services in the Czech Republic in March 2000.