Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has signed a contract with Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network based on Ericsson's leading microwave technology for the modernization of its transport network.
Ericsson will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom professional services such as installation, supervision and training for technical personnel.
Marconi LH will be used for further upgrading Yeniseytelecom's transport network in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. The implementation of the new microwave equipment, divided into phases, is scheduled for launch during 2007.
Sergey Ivanov, CEO of YTC, says: "The installation and the restructuring of our transport network are the next steps in YTC's cellular-networks modernization. The project's success so far is very much a result of our long-term partnership with Ericsson."
Ilya Nekrasov, vice-president of Ericsson in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says: "We are very pleased to be selected by Yeniseytelecom for this contract. This is yet another proof point of Ericsson's leading position in the market and of our strong portfolio with end-to-end solutions - including both broadband access, leading-edge microwave and optical transport networks.
Cooperation between Ericsson and Yeniseytelecom dates back to 1998, when Ericsson made its first deliveries for construction of an NMT network. In May 2006, Ericsson and Yeniseytelecom signed the first contract for delivery of transport-network equipment for Krasnoyarsk. Today, Yeniseytelecom is not only the largest operator in the Siberian region, but also one of the top 10 operators in the whole Russian Federation.
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CJSC Yeniseytelecom is the leading cellular operator in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia. The network covers all large and medium-sized cities in the Krasnoyarsk region, Norilsk industrial region, and the Republic of Khakasia. The total subscriber base of Yeniseytelecom is more than 1.2 million (Krasnoyarsk region, Norilsk industrial region, Taimyr autonomous region, and the Republic of Khakasia). Company affiliates operate in Norilsk and Abakan.
Yeniseytelecom offers mobile services in GSM 900/1800, IMT - MC 450 (CDMA2000-1x). The company owns 59.7 percent of Altaisvyaz shares (cellular operator in the Altai region and the Republic of Altai, with 43,000 subscribers). Siberia's largest telecom operator, Sibirtelecom, owns 100 percent of Yeniseytelecom shares.
About Ericsson's Marconi LH
Marconi LH is a long-haul SDH microwave radio system that transmits STM-1 data streams in the 4-13GHz frequency range. It is the most up-to-date and compact long-haul microwave radio system in its class on the market today. The system, with the capacity of up to 20 STM-1 per connection, is widely used for backbone transport in such areas where fiber-optical transmission lines are deemed impractical due to lengthy implementation times, geographical or legal limitations. Thanks to a high degree of integration, Marconi LH provides maximum reliability, scalability and substantial reductions in an operator's maintenance costs.