Unifon Was Preawarded One of the PCS Bands Licenses at

Today, Unifon was preawarded one license for the northern area of the country corresponding to the PCS tender, for which it shall pay 56 million dollars. Eduardo Caride and Luis Malvido, CEOs of Telefonica de Argentina and Unifon, respectively, were the individuals in charge to make the offer, during the meeting held on this purpose at "Eva Peron" room of the Secretariat of Communications (SECOM) where two bidders out of the three prequalified Joint Ventures submitted their offers. Unifon, due to the fact that it made the best offer, was entitled to choose the band -- the two 40 MHz bands in question were "A" and "B" -- and it chose "B." Besides, the bid for PCS licenses corresponding to Area III (southern area) took place; two operators were preawarded and they shall jointly pay 89 million dollars. Due to the fact that Unifon is the actual operator of the cellular phone service at that area, it shall have access to 20 MHz of PCS at the southern area, having to pay the 50 per cent of the average price obtained in the auction, which shall amount to 22.25 million dollars. This license shall allow Unifon to extend its service to the main cities of the northern area of the country, turning the company in a new option in mobile phone services. On June 16, the Temporary Joint Venture (UTE) comprised by Unifon and Personal was awarded the "B" band corresponding to the PCS tender for Federal Capital and the Great Buenos Aires (AMBA), paying for this the amount of 350 million dollars. Next June 28, the preawarded companies of the PCS bands at the three areas of the countries shall sign the definitive agreements. Telefonica Comunicaciones Personales - TCP TCP is the operator of Grupo Telefonica de Argentina providing cellular phone services at ten provinces of the southern area of the country, by using its trademark Unifon. From its beginning, in March 1996, it invested more than 400 million dollars, having at present 300,000 customers and a service penetration of 4.5 cellular phones per 100 inhabitants. ots Original Text Service: Grupo Telefonica Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Norma Barbieri or Maximiliano Zorzi, both of Comunicaciones Corporativas of Unifon, +54-11-4- 819-4376, +54-11-4-819-4377, +54-11-4-819-4378, or fax, +54-11- 4819-4393, or Prensa@unifon.com.ar Web site: http: //www.unifon.com.ar

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