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OSKAR NOMINATED FOR BEST WIRELESS/MOBILE OPERATOR AT WORLD COMMUNICATION AWARDS 2001

22. August 2001

Oskar was nominated for Best Wireless/Mobile Operator at the World Communication Awards (WCA) 2001 Oskar also received a second nomination in the Best Branding Category at the WCA Awards Oskar is advancing as a major competitor in the mobile market and continues to prove itself as a mainstay in the industry as it competes with various well-established and successful companies in the World Communication Awards (WCA). Oskar’s confidence in its abilities is supported by the nomination of 2 World Communication Awards in London, England. The final winners of the WCA, will be officially announced at a gala dinner for 500 industry delegates on 1 October in London, England. Out of a total of 150 entries, across 15 categories, Oskar was one of the few companies selected from the other applicants and was nominated in 2 categories: Best Wireless/Mobile Operator and Best Branding Campaign. Being nominated alongside Oskar are the two well known companies, Orange and Mobile TeleSystems.

  • Oskar was nominated for Best Wireless/Mobile Operator at the World Communication Awards (WCA) 2001
  • Oskar also received a second nomination in the Best Branding Category at the WCA Awards

Oskar is advancing as a major competitor in the mobile market and continues to prove itself as a mainstay in the industry as it competes with various well-established and successful companies in the World Communication Awards (WCA). Oskar’s confidence in its abilities is supported by the nomination of 2 World Communication Awards in London, England. The final winners of the WCA, will be officially announced at a gala dinner for 500 industry delegates on 1 October in London, England.

Out of a total of 150 entries, across 15 categories, Oskar was one of the few companies selected from the other applicants and was nominated in 2 categories: Best Wireless/Mobile Operator and Best Branding Campaign. Being nominated alongside Oskar are the two well known companies, Orange and Mobile TeleSystems. Furthermore, Oskar is the first Eastern European telecommunication company ever to be nominated for a WCA award.

Launched in October 1999, the World Communication Awards have been designed as a unique and prestigious way of recognizing excellence in the high-profile communications industry. Judging panel chairman, Michael Potter, a pioneering campaigner for pro-competitive legislation and founder of Paradigm Ventures, a telecoms and technology venture capital company stated “The number of entries is impressive, given that we’re all aware of the difficulty of the industry being in meltdown mode”.

There are two methods used to determine the winners of the World Communication Awards: the Winning Carriers Survey, which is an in-depth study of the views of 65,000 industry executives, including 15,000 enterprise users that select the Best Carrier, New Carrier and Wireless/Mobile Operator categories. Separately, an adjudicated judging process determines the winners of the remaining categories.

This year’s panel of judges has been selected from a variety of companies and industry bodies for their reputation as key opinion-leaders within the communications industry. The judges include: Michael Potter (Independent Consultant), Pekka Tarjanne (Former Secretary General for ITU (International Telecommunication Union), Ernst Weiss (Former Chariman for International Telecommunication Users Group), Brian West (Chairman for The European VPN Users Association), David Isenberg, (Independent Consultant), Audrey Mandela (Independent Consultant), Vinton Cerf (Internet Society/WorldCom), Julian Bright (Editor of ROAM Magazine, EMAP), Bridget Cosgrave (Deputy Director General for ETSI: European Telecommunications Institute), Melvin Dick (Global Head of Technology, for Media and Communications Industry Practice for Andersen), Laina Raveendran Greene (Chairwoman Asia Pacific Policy and Legal Forum), Hervé Nora (VP Telecoms Cigref).

About World Communications Awards:
Launched in October 1999 during Telecom'99, the World Communication Awards (http://www.totaltele.com/wca or www.worldcommsawards.com) have been designed as a unique and prestigious way of recognizing excellence in the high-profile communications industry. Recognized at a gala dinner in Monaco, last year's winners included Sonera, Infonet and Viatel. This year, the WCA have developed to become bigger and broader in its focus, thereby reflecting more accurately the breadth and depth of this fast developing market. In 2001, the climax of the communications industry year will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London, England. These awards are organized and brought to you by EMAP communications group which is part of EMAP Business International. Further information on these awards can not only be obtained on the Total Telecom Website (listed above), but can also be seen on the WCA television commercial now playing on CNBC.

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. At the end of second quarter 2001 Oskar had over 540.000 customers.

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 4.1 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.