Cisco has announced from Skipje that it is to provide US$2.6 millions worth of state-of-the-art internet protocol (IP) equipment to Makedonski Telekomunikacii, Macedonia’s state telecommunications company.
The move, part of a US$3.5 million deal with systems integrator Pexim Computers, follows the Macedonian government’s decision to privatize Makedonski Telekomunikacii next year. Makedonski Telekomunikacii will be the first telecomms operator in South-Eastern Europe to adopt the IP backbone solution widely used by its new-world counterparts. The telco has also signed up to provide training under the Cisco Networking Academies Programme.
All the components ordered by Makedonski Telekomunikacii are to the highest available specification. The order includes an IP core of Cisco 12008 Internet routers with STM-4 interface cards. The network features nine major points of presence (POPs) each equipped with 7507 high-end routers, AS5300 universal access servers and catalyst switches.
There are also 10 small POPs, each with a 3640 server and Complete Network Management virtual private network Solution Center, Netflow and Routed Wide Area Network Solution.
Cisco will handle the project management, detailed network design, staging and acceptance test plan.
Daniel Doncev, CEO of Makedonski Telekomunikacii said: “Today’s event marks a significant milestone for Makedonski Telekomunikacii. Our experts will cooperate with Cisco in developing the migration strategy from on packet switching and IP, the so called ‘end to end IP’, and in defining and implementing the services which will support the new networked economy.”
“Makedonski Telekomunikacii has been a leader in the region with early deployment of fiberoptic transmission systems and SDH technology. This decision will strengthen its leadership and set it firmly on the course of becoming the most innovative, forward looking telco in the region,” said Doncev.
The technology will allow Makedonski Telekomunikacii to offer IP virtual private network services such as intranets and extranets, basic dial-up internet access, ISDN or dedicated internet access services, premium or managed customer premises equipment and carrier-to-carrier services, such as wholesale dial.
Steve Sarjeant, Cisco regional manager, South Eastern Europe, said: “Cisco shares Makedonski Telekomunikacii’s vision of introducing advanced, new-world IP-based services to Macedonia. This commitment ensures Makedonski Telekomunikacii will play a vital role in helping the Republic of Macedonia to achieve its objective of becoming a model digital economy”
Makedonski Telekomunikacii A.D. is the national telecommunications operator in the Republic of Macedonia. It provides basic telecommunications services in Macedonia, including local, long distance and international traffic, leased lines, cellular mobile services, data communications and internet services.