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November 7, 1993

ALCATEL AND SIEMENS CHOSEN FOR SLOVAKIA’S TELECOMMUNICATIONS

By CBR Staff Writer

Alcatel NV and Siemens AG have been chosen to lead the overhaul of Slovakia’s decrepit telecommunications system, Reuter reports from Bratislava: The country has been divided between two zones – Alcatel and Siemens; we’re a small country, and two types of switching systems are enough, Peter Anetta, head of project implementation for Slovak Telecom sp, told the news agency; the $500m, and subsidiaries of Alcatel and Siemens are expected to be contracted to build digital exchanges worth $150m of that sum; Slovakia is hoping to get $230m of the $500m from the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, and the European Investment Bank; Alcatel already has a joint venture with local company Tesla AS to build exchanges, and Siemens will assemble EWSDs at Tescom Praha, a joint venture with Czech-based Tesla Karlin AS; the waiting list for phones is 160,000.

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