9 October 2002 -- Alcatel SA and Slovak Railways have signed a EUR34.8m contract for Phase II of the three-phase modernisation of Slovak Railways' telecom network infrastructure.
The project is part of the EUR74m framework agreement with Alcatel - signed in November 2001 - enabling Slovak Railways to provide enhanced voice and data services to Slovakia's liberalised telecoms market. Alcatel is currently implementing the first phase of the modernisation project in the southern part of Slovakia.
During Phase II, Alcatel will provide all professional services to upgrade and extend the part of the Slovak Railways telecom network which crosses the north of Slovakia and interconnects the main cities of Bratislava and Kosice.
Alcatel will take care of the integration of new-generation SDH multi-service- transmission systems and third-party data equipment, along with fibre-optic cable installation, civil works and building reconstruction services for the 460km backbone linking both cities. The realisation of Phase II will take 16 months.
"By entering the Slovak telecom market, we are surpassing our traditional 'railway horizon' and intend to offer in a very short timeframe high-quality telecom services to a wide variety of customers", said Ladislav Saxa, general manager of Slovak Railways.