Nouméa, 23 december, 2004 Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA and TSKL (Telecom Services Kiribati Limited), the national telecom service provider in Kiribati, launch "FrigateNET" the first digital cellular network in this group of islands in the Pacific.
Under the terms of this contract, signed few months ago, Alcatel has provided TSKL with its Evolium" solution including a Mobile Switching Centre, base stations and prepaid service.
This GSM network is now operational and support more than 2,000 subscribers, with full capability to be expanded to meet market demand in future. GSM coverage is initially available in Tarawa, the main island and will be extended to Christmas and Fanning Islands very soon. Those islands are the most populated islands in Kiribati.
TSKL offer to its mobile customers value added services such as voice mail service and Short Message System (SMS). Alcatel managed the global project from the first stages of implementation, taking responsibility for installation and integration, network testing, commissioning, training and technical assistance. Moreover, Alcatel supplied TSKL with its new range of mobile phones and accessories of One Touch series.
This contract is a major milestone for Kiribati Islands. The implementation of a mobile infrastructure will contribute further to the country's development.
"We chose Alcatel over other suppliers because they offer mobile operators a compelling end-to-end solution customized to our needs. Our cooperation with Alcatel will provide Kiribati inhabitants with advanced digital technology in terms of mobile networks," said Mr Baraniko Tonganibeia, TSKL Chief Executive Officer. Alcatel's strong local presence in the Pacific Islands was another element we considered, as we are guaranteed of qualified services and a strong relationship."
"We are pleased that TSKL has chosen Alcatel to implement the country's first GSM network, and we are proud to be part of the development of Kiribati. As Alcatel's fifth GSM network in the Pacific Islands, this contract reinforces our leading position in this region and proves that our solutions are fully capable of meeting the needs of all Pacific Islands telecom operators," declared Rémi Galasso, Country Senior Officer for Alcatel Pacific Islands.
About Telecom Services Kiribati Limited
TSKL is the national telecommunication supplier in Kiribati.
In June 2001, TSKL became for the first time a company fully owned by the Government of the Republic of Kiribati after nine years of being a joint venture company owned by the Government of Kiribati and Telstra Australia. TSKL is operating a 3,000 line fixed network using Alcatel technology. For more information, www.tskl.net.ki.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.5 billion in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com
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