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Alcatel today announced that it has signed a contract with the Ukrainian fixed/mobile
operator Golden Telecom, subsidiary of Golden Telecom Inc., to deploy a fixed/mobile converged network with a next generation
network (NGN) core and UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) capability. The
project is expected to be in commercial operation by the end of 2006.
Alcatel's solution will allow the operator to provide converged
communication services, to offer new packages of services, to retain
current subscribers and attract new subscribers (especially in the
corporate segment) and to expand its geographical presence in the country.
This project is also a key to reducing operating costs thanks to
fixed/mobile network synergies and to ensure long-term investment
protection in preparing for the introduction of IP Multimedia Subsystem
(IMS) in the future.
"Our intention is to facilitate the access to our services with a single
subscription to mobile, fixed and data services, a single access through
any device, a selection of access media, personalized services and many
other innovative functionalities" said Andrii Droniuk, General Director of
Golden Telecom Ukraine.
"This first fixed/mobile convergence network deployment in Ukraine is proof
of Alcatel's commitment to fixed-mobile convergence in the telecom
industry. Ukraine is an important step toward strengthening our leading
position in mobile NGN in the fast developing Eastern Europe market," added
Johan Vanderplaetse, Vice-president for Alcatel activities in the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
In the framework of this contract, Alcatel will deliver its mobile NGN core
network based on an innovative, standards-based mobile switching solution,
the Alcatel 5020 Wireless Call Server that controls distributed media
gateways and manages voice and data services. The solution is running on a
state of the art IT platform based on open industry standards, and is
designed to be ready for IMS.
Alcatel will also deliver the Alcatel 8640 Corporate Mobility Manager (CMM)
that will enable to offer advanced fixed/mobile converged services,
enhanced voice/multimedia virtual private network (VPN) services and
virtual PBX services for the corporate segment and SOHO users.
Alcatel will also supply UMA trial equipment for a GSM/WiFi hybrid phone
solution and the Alcatel 1430 Unified HSS (Home Subscriber Server)
equipment to obtain a single repository of all subscriber information
coming from any type of network - GSM, IMS, UMA, WiFi or WiMAX. This
equipment will enable the operator to conduct a UMA trial for its
subscribers to give them access through a single core network to all the
same services (such as SMS and MMS) regardless of whether connected through
the wireless LAN or through a traditional mobile network.
About Golden Telecom
Golden Telecom, Inc., is a leading facilities-based provider of integrated
telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers
throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent
States ("CIS"). The Company offers voice, data and Internet services to
corporations, operators and consumers using its metropolitan overlay
network in major cities including Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Nizhny
Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Almaty, and Tashkent, and via
leased channels and intercity fiber-optic and satellite-based networks,
including approximately 287 combined access points in Russia and other
countries of the CIS. The Company offers mobile services in Kiev and