VimpelCom signs 5-year managed services contract with Ericsson


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* VimpelCom subscribers in Siberia and the Urals to enjoy improvednetworkquality and end-user experience

* More than 400 VimpelCom employees to join Ericsson in the company'sfirstmajor managed services contract in Russia

* Contract covers management of both fixed and mobile networks, includingmorethan 10,000 base stations in 41 cities and more than 10,000km of opticaltransport cables

VimpelCom, one of the world's 10 largest integrated telecommunicationsservicesoperators, has signed a managed services contract with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC).Under the five year agreement, Ericsson will manage network operations onVimpelCom's behalf at more than 10,000 sites, as well as overseeing morethan10,000km of optical transport cables and an extensive fixed network acrossSiberia and the Urals in Russia.

Ericsson will be responsible for network operations and field maintenanceforactive and passive network components, for the operator's mobile, fixed andtransport networks.

As part of the agreement over 400 VimpelCom employees spread over 41locationsacross Siberia and the Urals will be transferred to Ericsson in April.

"This agreement meets VimpelCom's long-term plans in strategic programs toincrease operating efficiency. The transfer of network maintenance andsupportto Ericsson will allow us to more effectively optimize costs and networkmanagement. Similar projects have already become standard practice in theworld,and we are actively supporting this trend, as we see the effectiveness ofthismodel with examples of global operators. We are confident that theknowledge andexperience of Ericsson in the extended network service and support, willallowus to maximize our focus on business development, improve the quality ofservices for our customers and provide additional quality services"- saidAntonKudryashov, General Director of Joint Stock Company" VimpelCom."

Valter D'Avino, Head of Managed Services, Ericsson, says: "This is ourfirstmajor managed services contract in Russia. With Ericsson managing theoperationsof its network, VimpelCom will be able to reduce its operationalexpenditure andfocus even more on providing innovative solutions for its customers."

This contract will result in a major expansion of Ericsson's servicesbusinessin Russia, a country that is of great strategic importance. With more than60,000 service professionals working in 180 countries, Ericsson is theundisputed leader in managed services and has the scale required to meettheneeds of operators worldwide.


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