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Aycell selects Alcatel's GSM1800/GPRS solution in Turkey
Posted: 04-Jan-2002 [Source: Alcatel press relesae]

[Alcatel wins contract worth 160 million euros to expand Aycell's GSM network to include GPRS.]

Paris -- Aycell, Turk Telekom's mobile subsidiary, has selected Alcatel to expand the capacity of its existing national GSM1800 MHz network. The three-year frame contract, worth 160 million euros, will allow Aycell to offer enhanced mobile voice and data services.

The contract foresees the global project management from network planning and design to implementation, including installation and integration of the GSM 1800MHz network, site acquisition and construction as well as network testing and commissioning on a turnkey basis.

Alcatel will supply its Evolium(TM) solution, including the radio access network (Base Stations and Base Station Controllers) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). Alcatel's GPRS network and services are a natural part of the migration path to 3G/UMTS technology. Additionally, Alcatel will provide its low/medium capacity point-to-point microwave radio systems for short-haul applications. Based on Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) technology, these systems are designed for seamless integration into any urban environment.

Marc Rouanne, president of Alcatel's Mobile Networks activities, stated: "This project confirms Alcatel's continued commitment to anticipate the growing needs of Aycell's subscriber base, including the latest GSM enhanced mobile data services. GSM by Alcatel is today up and running in more than 110 networks in five continents".

Today, one out of four operators world-wide trusts Alcatel for the supply of its GSM 800, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz networks.


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