Ukraine's leading mobile operator Kyivstar GSM has awarded Ericsson a supply and technical maintenance contract for its GSM 900 and 1800 networks.

According to the contract, Ericsson will deliver equipment to expand the coverage of the existing Kyivstar networks, including support and technical maintenance.


The signed contract provides for delivery and commissioning of new switching nodes, extensions of existing nodes, radio and transmission equipment including radio base stations. Deliveries under the contract started in January 2003. 


"Reliable and mutually beneficial cooperation with Ericsson has led our company to become a leader in the Ukrainian mobile market in such decisive areas as quality of communication, coverage and innovative services offered to our subscribers," said Igor Litovchenko, President of Kyivstar GSM. "Through this contract we will be able to consolidate our leadership."


"We are proud to have partnered with Kyivstar since 1996," said Leif Edwall, President of Ericsson Ukraine. "This contract further proves our long-term strategic cooperation and we believe that our experience and latest solutions will further strengthen Kyivstar's position in the Ukrainian market."


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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
 
Mats Thorén, Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 70 346 54 36; E-mail: mats.thoren@lme.ericsson.se


Igor Mykhailenko, PR Manager, Kyivstar GSM
Phone: +380 44 232 21 32; E-mail: mykhailenko@kyivstar.net


About Kyivstar GSM
Kyivstar GSM is Ukraine's leading mobile operator with the largest coverage in GSM: more than 260 cities in the Ukraine (excluding rural areas), all regional centers and road coverage for all highways of national and regional importance. Kyivstar GSM's mobile network covers almost 42% of the country's territory and the number of subscribers currently constitutes approximately two millon. Having signed direct agreements with 186 foreign mobile operators, Kyivstar GSM offers affordable roaming services with 90 countries on five continents.