Alcatel gets Russain job

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$50 million frame agreement with MTS

Alcatel today announced the signature of a USD 50 million frame agreement with Mobile TeleSystems, the leading mobile operator in Eastern Europe, for the deployment of MTS' networks in 11 regions in Russia and the extension of MTS' network in Ukraine.

Delivery of the equipment will be in phases scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2005.

Deployment  of  these  networks will considerably increase MTS' presence in the  Volga  and  Southern  regions of Russia. Alcatel will also deliver its Open Services Platform (OSP) that will be installed in MTS' networks in the North-West,  Urals,  Volga  and  Southern  regions  of Russia. Alcatel will supply  MTS with its Evolium? GSM/GPRS end-to-end solutions, including Base Stations  Sub-systems (BSS) and Mobile Switching Centers (NSS) that will be used  to  deploy new MTS networks in the Astrakhanskaya, Volgogradskaya and
Ulyanovskaya  oblasts,  the  Mari  El,  Chuvashskaya,  Mordovia,  Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkarskaya, Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya  and  North  Osetia-Alania
republics and Stavropolsky krai.

Vassily  Sidorov,  President and CEO of MTS commented: "Alcatel's solutions were chosen after extensive evaluation of other vendors' proposals. We have partnered  with  Alcatel on several projects already and are confident that their  technologies,  combined  with their understanding of our local needs and realities, will enable us to successfully implement this project".

Marc Rouanne, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel's mobile activities added, "Alcatel  understands  that  the  operator's  need  for appropriate network capacity  is a key factor for successful development, together with on-time introduction  of  new differentiating services. The embedded multi-standard
capability  of the Alcatel Evolium? solution will allow for MTS's potential network  and  services  evolution.  This  new  project  confirms  Alcatel's commitment  to  the Russian market and will strengthen our partnership with MTS".

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