Following an extensive selection process and three month field trial that involved complete collaboration between Acterna, United Technology Europe Limited (UTEL), Alcatel and Fujitsu, BT selected Acterna to provide the test solution for their network fault management system and UTEL for the TAM switching across its UK-wide network.
Acterna's DSL Test Solution provides an intelligent and flexible solution that is interoperable with the digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAM's) currently in use by BT (Alcatel and Fujitsu) and the Test Access Matrix (TAM) from UTEL in the UK.
Successful results for 1997 and Utel's continued growth during the past five years have created the financial and technological base for furthering the development of international and long-distance telephone services in Ukraine," Utel President Olexiy Marynchuk said at a press conference today.
In 1996 Utel generated USD 251 million in revenues and USD 27 million in profits.
Utel paid more than USD 21 million in enterprise profit and value-added taxes to the state budget and an additional USD 158 million in access and transmission fees to the state-owned holding company UkrTelecom.
In the new independent Ukraine, Utel has made a significant contribution to the creation of a modern international and long-distance telecommunications network," Mr.
In 1996, Utel completed a national network of digital long-distance exchanges, fully integrating all regional centers of Ukraine.
In 1997, Utel expanded Ukraine's national telecommunications network by more than 43,384 ports and almost 30,720 new subscriber lines.
Last year, Utel installed the CCS7 system at the company's long-distance exchanges in Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Rivne, Ternopil, Cherkasy, and L'viv thereby allowing subscribers access to high speed Integrated Services Data Network (ISDN) facilities.
Utel has been a market leader in Ukraine introducing high quality telecommunications services to businesses and organizations.
The creation of Utel and its subsequent investment of significant western capital has brought to Ukraine state-of-the-art telecommunications technologies," said Utel Supervisory Council Chairman Hans Wagenaar.