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Alcatel signs three-year, €40M deal to maintain tele.ring’s complete mobile network in Austria
June 11, 2002
PARIS -- tele.ring, the Austrian fixed and mobile networkoperator, and Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), a leading provider ofnetwork infrastructure and services, announced today the signature of aservice agreement for tele.ring’s mobile network. The contract, worth 40million euro, covers the maintenance of tele.ring’s complete mobile networkfor a three year period. tele.ring, for whom Alcatel had already suppliedthe turnkey deployment of its mobile infrastructure, opened its networkcommercially in 1999 and covers today 98% of Austria’s population.The new service contract covers the preventive and corrective maintenancefor all tele.ring’s network elements including non-Alcatel suppliedswitches and MSCs as well as the Austrian wide facility management for morethan 3,500 BTS, BSCs and SDH nodes. In addition, Alcatel will providetechnical assistance and expertise including spare parts management forinstalled Alcatel equipment. As part of the agreement, Alcatel will takeover about 40 tele.ring employees in its local maintenance team."After launching our mobile services, we were looking for highly costefficient maintenance for our Austrian-wide network. Originally we used tomaintain our network internally. But by using Alcatel’s world-wideexpertise in maintaining networks at their peak performance, we will beable to achieve major cost savings. Moreover, by joining Alcatel, ourmaintenance staff will be able to enlarge their skills in the maintenancefield," said Mr. Hubertus Hofkirchner, managing director of tele.ring.Alcatel SATele.ring Telekom Service GmbH
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