VimpelCom signs 5-year managed services contract with Ericsson

Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:27am EST

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*VimpelCom subscribers in Siberia and the Urals to enjoy improved network quality and end-user
*More than 400 VimpelCom employees to join Ericsson in the company's first major managed services
contract in Russia 
*Contract covers management of both fixed and mobile networks, including more than 10,000 base
stations in 41 cities and more than 10,000km of optical transport cables

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

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

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

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

Valter D'Avino, Head of Managed Services, Ericsson, says: "This is our first major managed
services contract in Russia. With Ericsson managing the operations of its network, VimpelCom will
be able to reduce its operational expenditure and focus even more on providing innovative
solutions for its customers."

This contract will result in a major expansion of Ericsson's services business in Russia, a
country that is of great strategic importance. With more than 60,000 service professionals working
in 180 countries, Ericsson is the undisputed leader in managed services and has the scale required
to meet the needs of operators worldwide.


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