Mitec Awarded new Contract from Major Cellular Network Operator in Africa



    MONTREAL, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Mitec Telecom Inc. (TSX: MTM) announced
today a new contract to provide its Very Small Aperture Satellite Terminal
product, also known as a VSAT Block up Converter for a major cellular network
operator in Africa. Financial terms were not disclosed
    The initial order is expected to be the first in a series of orders in
support of a cellular network build-out in regions of Africa. Deliveries have
commenced from product inventory and will continue over the next two quarters
following new production for the remainder of required volumes.
    "Mitec continues to deliver on our strategy to introduce more of our
existing off-the-shelf products to new markets," said Dan Piergentili, Mitec's
President and CEO. "Our VSAT products are preferred backhaul solutions for
cellular networks which provide the connection between remote cellular
networks and wired telephone systems. This is especially needed in countries
where telephony infrastructure is required despite large distances between
remote locations and mountainous terrain where traditional microwave radio
backhaul solutions are less favorable."
    The application of VSAT technology can greatly extend the reach of
existing telephony infrastructures in regions that need to quickly and
economically expand cellular network coverage. By using 2-way satellite
communications in mesh networks, the VSAT Block up Converter seamlessly links
cellular networks and "wire-line" telephony to existing technology.
Previously, traditional microwave backhaul solutions typically use many
repeaters at distances of 20-60KM with utility towers and repeaters must be
closer together if the terrain is mountainous. Satellite network-based
backhaul solutions do not need towers and can link telephony networks over
substantially greater distances without the need for repeaters.
    "Contracts such as this are proof that Mitec's customers value our
ability to engineer solutions for varied and technically-challenging network
applications," said Piergentili.
    "These types of installations demonstrate a growth market for Mitec,"
said Jeffrey Mandel, Mitec's Lead Director, Investor and Market Relations.
"Mitec is uniquely positioned globally as our satcom technology is crossing
over to serve wireless applications - providing powerful solutions to our
major customers."

    About Mitec Telecom

    Mitec Telecom is a leading designer and provider of radio frequency (RF)
products for the telecommunications and satellite communications industries,
as well as a variety of other sectors. The Company sells its products
worldwide to network providers for incorporation into high-performing wireless
networks used in voice and data/internet communications. Headquartered in
Montreal, Canada, the Company also operates facilities in California and
China. Mitec Telecom Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbol MTM. Online information about Mitec is available at
www.mitectelecom.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Mitec Telecom, Jeffrey Mandel, Director,
investor and corporate relations, (514) 694-9000 ext. No. 2107,
Jeffrey.mandel@mitectelecom.com; Mansfield Communications Inc., Rob Ireland,
(416) 599-0024, rob@mcipr.com; Mansfield Communications Inc., Sarah Thompson,
(416) 599-0024 ext. 244, sarah@mcipr.com

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