Ericsson and Astelit sign GSM network expansion contract in Ukraine

Ericsson and Ukrainian national mobile operator Astelit have signed a GSM expansion contract valued at USD 45 million. When completed, the expansion will result in greater geographic coverage and network capacity for the operator.
Press release
Oct 27, 2005 08:27 (GMT +00:00)
According to the contract, Ericsson will provide Astelit with a complete turnkey solution for GSM/GPRS core and radio network that includes supply of switching, radio network and transmission equipment as well as professional services, implementation and training.

The contract also provides for integration of 230 new RBSs as well as introduction of MINI-LINK microwave transmission into the existing GSM system to boost the coverage throughout Ukraine.

The expansion of the network will cover cities and regions in Ukraine - Kyiv, Odessa, Nikolayev, Chernigov, Cherkassy, Khmelnitskiy, Vinnitsa, Zhitomir - and also providing mobile communications to road sites.

Safak Sahin, Vice President, Ericsson Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says: "We have built up an excellent business relationship with Astelit, a company that is committed to the attainment of world-class standards and a focus on providing top quality communications services for Ukrainians. Ericsson considers this expansion contract to be the next important step towards strengthening our successful cooperation with Astelit and supporting the operator in its ambitious plans to become a major player on the Ukrainian telecom market."

Ahmet Tanyu, CEO, Astelit, says: "We have worked with Ericsson since our launch and are proud of the kind of cooperation that we have achieved. It's given us the fastest network development in the region. I am sure that thanks to our new joint project we will provide Ukrainian Astelit/life:) users with the highest quality communications."

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About Astelit

Launched at the end of January 2005, life:) is the new GSM brand of mobile operator Astelit. The company's aim is to change the vision of mobile communications in Ukraine through provision of unique services tailored to specific customer needs.
The life:) network continues growing at an unprecedented pace, and today it covers 91 cities and 8800 settlements of Ukraine and most major highways. life:) offers its users roaming services in 180 countries, thanks to 460 roaming partners. The company was the first in Ukraine to offer its customers EDGE-based high-speed data transfer services. As of today, EDGE is available in 17 cities of Ukraine. 
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