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NEC and Telenor, Norway's Leading Telecom Service Provider, Sign Framework Contract for Microwave Communication System

*** For immediate use December 17, 2012

Tokyo, December 17, 2012 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced that it signed a global framework contract with Telenor, Norway's leading fixed and mobile telecommunications operator, for the supply of its compact microwave communications system, the "iPASOLINK" series (*), including the "5000ips" long-haul, large capacity microwave system and related services such as installation and commissioning.

The global framework contract awarded to NEC is one of the contracts covering the Telenor group's 11 affiliates. The 11 affiliates include operators such as Telenor Hungary Plc.and GrameenPhone Ltd. in Bangladesh. This contract strengthens NEC's position as the primary microwave communication system supplier for the Telenor Group.

 "We are proud that since 2006, NEC is the only supplier that has continuously maintained a framework contract with Telenor for the supply of microwave systems," said Takayuki Morita, senior vice president, NEC. "This new agreement reaffirms our close relationship and NEC's full support for the continued evolution of Telenor's network."

(*) The iPASOLINK series is the next generation of PASOLINK products. Since the launch of PASOLINK in the early 1980s, mobile communications have exceptionally expanded and the system has been widely adopted as a microwave communications tool for mobile backhaul, with shipments of approximately 2 million units throughout 147 countries.

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