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MTC and Fastlink lead the Middle East market in MMS

Kuwait’s leading mobile telecommunications service provider, MTC, and Fastlink, Jordan’s leading provider and part of the MTC Group of companies, today jointly announced that they had extended the reach of their pioneering multi-media messaging services. Never ones to let an opportunity pass their customers by, MTC and Fastlink are now able to link families and friends living in Kuwait to those living in Jordan, and vice versa.

In commenting on the new service, Haitham Al Khaled, Deputy Director General for MTC said: “I am delighted that we have yet again brought another first to Kuwait and Jordan. In actual fact, this is not just another first for our two countries but it is the first multi-media international connection of its kind between operators in the Middle East! With the cutting edge technologies we are introducing into our Bahrain operation; the significant steps we have made in Kuwait plus the far reaching solutions in place at Fastlink, it is very clear that the MTC Group of Companies are truly moving towards the goal of having a real regional presence. Our plan is to continue to bring more innovation and services to the market ensuring that our customers always get the best service here and wherever they travel around the world. Fastlink was the first to launch MMS – Rassel MMS in the Middle East and Africa, whilst MTC launched its MMS service – MTC WOW - in Kuwait in December last year and has grown its capabilities month on month. Customers can send pictures and cards from phone to phone plus picture postcards, greeting cards, cartoons, audio-clips, phonic ring tones, play endless and ever changing games plus much, much more! And there is still more to come!”

Bashar Arafeh, Marketing and Mobile Data Services Director at Fastlink, Jordan, responded, “This is a real milestone and an important leap in the Middle East’s mobile telecommunications sector – a prelude to connecting all cellular networks across the Region - ensuring that swapping multi-media messages becomes an easy part of everyday life, very similar to the way most people consider sending an SMS without a thought or worry. Subscribers can attach a photograph and a voice recording of one of their family members and send to their relatives in Jordan or Kuwait. So much closer than ever before.”

ABOUT MTC-Vodafone:

Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) was founded in 1983 and is the largest mobile operator in Kuwait with almost 700,000 customers. MTC is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange and has achieved a sound reputation for high level of business successes, often exceeding investor's expectations.

In September 2002, MTC entered into a Partner Network agreement with Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile community. The agreement was the first of its kind in the Middle East and has been followed closely with an agreement to work as a partnership on the second GSM license in Bahrain. MTC-Vodafone Bahrain will commence as a service on 31st December 2003.

In May 2003, MTC-Vodafone was granted authority by the Joint Communications Authority Board Iraq and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom (MoD) to install and operate a GSM network within Southern Iraq aimed at supporting the Coalition’s reconstruction efforts and the non-government organizations (NGOs) humanitarian aid to key locations.

As a Partner Network, MTC offers Vodafone and its Partners' customers seamless access to Vodafone's international services whilst traveling in Kuwait. MTC customers now enjoy the benefits of Vodafone's existing services and its innovative service pipeline, enabling easy access and service delivery.

Vodafone is the world’s largest mobile community and has more than 296 million venture customers in 28 countries across 5 continents.

About MTC:

Aside from its partnership with Vodafone, MTC will continue to seek new partners in key strategic locations and projects. MTC has a strong history and sound reputation of bringing new opportunities and services to the market for the benefit of its customers and shareholders. In January 2003, MTC acquired a 91.6 percent equity interest in Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company Ltd. ("Fastlink") for a consideration of US$ 423.9 million in total. The acquisition represented the first step towards MTC’s regional expansion strategy and places the company on a regional footing.

MTC has a reputation for pioneering new services and in another first to Kuwait and the Gulf, MTC launched – MTC WOW - the MTC multi-media messaging service in December 2002. MTC also pioneered mobile and paging services in Kuwait, starting with the ETACS system and the dual-band GSM 900/1800 MHz. The Company continues to provide its customers with the latest advancements in technology and more importantly it constantly improves customer services and benefits.

MTC constantly seeks to forge partnerships with key global companies to bring the best products and services to Kuwait and the Middle East.

About Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company Ltd. ("Fastlink")

Jordan Mobile Telephone Services Company was established in 1994 as a joint venture between Motorola and Jordanian investors. Fastlink started commercial operations in September 1995 and was the first operator to introduce mobile phone services into Jordan. Fastlink is licensed to carry out GSM 900 MHz mobile services. It offers integrated mobile communications services comprising of voice communications, value-added services, SMS, MMS, WAP and GPRS. In 2003, Fastlink became a subsidiary of Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C. ("MTC"). Since its inception, Fastlink has increased its subscriber base at an exponential growth rate, with the number of users currently approaching 1 million and representing 75% of total market in Jordan.

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