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NEC's Mobile WiMAX for Thailand's Crown Prince Hospital Foundation Begins Operation

*** For immediate use March 4, 2009

Tokyo, March 4, 2009 - NEC Corporation announced today that its Mobile WiMAX pilot system for Thailand's Crown Prince Hospital Foundation has begun operation. The contract was awarded to NEC in August 2008 to set up a WiMAX network between Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, a large community hospital located in the country's northern region, and its affiliated primary care units (PCU).

Thailand's broadband communications infrastructure is currently undergoing expansion, but the vast majority of growth is concentrated in the Bangkok metropolitan area. As efforts to promote broadband expansion outside of Bangkok progress, expectations for WiMAX wireless broadband infrastructure is also on the rise. In January 2008 trial licenses were issued to 12 communications carriers in order to introduce WiMAX service nationwide. Early indications show that despite regional constraints and usage limitations, demand for WiMAX access, beyond large scale services, currently exists. NEC regards its WiMAX services for Chiang Khong medical care as part of the expansion of local demand.

The Chiang Khong Crown Prince hospital WiMAX services provide wireless broadband communications to locations within a maximum of five kilometers, which currently includes three affiliated PCUs, and expands communications beyond fixed analog telephone lines to include new video and TV phone services that can assist with remote medical consultation.

Patients that were formerly limited to visiting only major hospitals for certain treatments will now be able to receive quality care from the convenience of a local clinic. Furthermore, the efficiency of daily medical care will also improve by granting doctors access to high speed transmission for large capacity data, including images and information forwarded from PCUs for consultation.

The project's cost-effectiveness will be evaluated after one year of operation to explore the possibility of expanding the WiMAX system to cover all 20 Crown Prince Hospitals throughout the country. NEC will monitor the success of Chiang Khong's remote medical care system in order to determine the best way to introduce new WiMAX services to other Foundation affiliates.

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