Slovak Railways selects Alcatel for network modernization

March 27, 2002--Alcatel has announced the conclusion of a frame agreement with Slovak Railways for the modernization of its telecom infrastructure network.

Mar 27th, 2002

Alcatel has announced the conclusion of a frame agreement with Slovak Railways for the modernization of its telecom infrastructure network.

The contract, worth 74 million Euro, will enable Slovak Railways to provide enhanced services in Slovak's liberalized telecommunication market. Slovak Railways is licensed to become one of the new operators for public voice services in Slovakia starting in 2003.

Slovak Railways has contracted Alcatel to provide all professional services enabling the upgrade and extension of its nation-wide optical network as well as its new-generation SDH multiservice-transmission systems and access networks. Alcatel will take care of the integration of supplementary switching and billing equipment. Alcatel will also integrate third-party products and data equipment enhancing Slovak Railway's ATM/IP-infrastructure and Local Area Networks.

The project will be realized in three phases, starting with the interconnection of the main cities, Bratislava and Kosice. By the end of 2004, the nation-wide network will be fully upgraded.

For more information about Alcatel (Paris), visit the company's Web site at www.alcatel.com.

Slovak Railways (ZSR) was established on January 1, 1993, after the split of the former Czechoslovakia, which resulted in the break up of the former Czechoslovak State Railways into two independent railways. ZSR has 3,665 km of railways. Fore more information, visit www.zsr.sk.

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