Ericsson Nikola Tesla, the leading Croatian exporter of ICT products, services and solutions, has signed a contract with Megafon, a GSM operator in Russia, for delivery of their new wireline transit network based on Ericsson AXE system. The contract is valued at USD 4.7 million, however, the related implementation services together with training, which is covered by a separate contract currently in preparation phase, will bring the amount in the vicinity of USD 6 million.
The strategic significance of this contract is extremely high as Megafon is a new addition to Ericsson Nikola Tesla’s customer base. It is one of three leading mobile operators in Russia, serving about 30 million end users.
"The reputation of the leader of innovations in the Russian telecoms market creates an obligation for us to be ahead of time, find new solutions, constantly develop and upgrade the existing opportunities for our subscribers. I believe that cooperation with Ericsson Nikola Tesla facilitates this way for Megafon," comments Aleksey Nichiporenko, first deputy general director of Megafon.
“We welcome Megafon to the list of our customers. Mobile communications, according to all recent market analysis, have become the industry drivers and that is why it is particularly important for the growth of our business to establish relations with the existing and emerging mobile operators. On the other hand, based on the Ericson’s technological leadership in the global ICT market our customers can expect and get top quality service, in line with their development plans”, comments Gordana Kovačević, president of Ericsson Nikola Tesla.
Josip Jakovac, company vice president and KAM for CIS countries has high hopes in further strengthening of the cooperation with Megafon in future: “We are already negotiating with our new customer about further extension of their network with IP systems. Modernization of networks is currently a very strong trend in the Russian market as many operators recognize the business cases enabled by new technologies. Ericsson is a strong brand name in this part of the world and with a solid reputation that Ericsson Nikola Tesla has built over many years of its presence in the Russian market we can expect to be able to continue our successful operation there.”
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