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February 2, 2005

North-West Telecom JSC operating activity totals in Novgorod for year 2004

NWT JSC branch Novgorodtelecom totalized operation results for year 2004.

For the first time, the volume of investments to the development of the communication networks and facilities in Novgorod oblast exceeded RUR 250 million. Within the framework NWT investment program in the oblast territory, 26 digital telephone exchanges and 23 thousand of telephone lines were put into operation with 9.8 thousand numbers of them being used for replacement of the obsolete telephone capacity, which is caused by the need to upgrade the obsolete equipment and increase the quality of provided services. As a result of implementation of several marketing and advertising campaigns, more than 12 thousand telephone sets were installed for the citizens and the organizations in 2004.

Thus, the number capacity of NWTs branch Novgorodtelecom increased for 2004 by 14 thousands of telephone numbers. As of January 1, 2005, the total installed capacity of the telephone network of Novgorod telecom comprises more than 188 thousand numbers. The total number of subscribers of the branch is almost 180 thousands. More than 52 % of telephones in the urban telephone network are digital. In the rural area, digitalization comprises 12 %.

One of the priority and socially significant areas of activity of North-West Telecom JSC in 2004 was implementation of the programme for installation of telephone sets free of charge to veterans of the World War II. In Novgorod, access to the telephone network was provided to 568 participants and disabled veterans of the World War II, the volume of capital investments to this programme was more than RUR 9.5 million.

In the framework of a unified North-West Telecom project, branch Novgorod telecom began establishing a convergent network. In 2004, the first stage of this project was completed in Veliky Novgorod and 6 district centers the equipment was installed due to which a large project for creating a corporate network for the Novgorod Savings bank was realized and also a possibility of Internet access by means of xDSL technology in Veliky Novgorod and the oblast districts was provided.

In addition, in 2004 the Novgorodtelecom continued upgrading the data transmission network and Internet, constructed a radio relay link in Starorussky and Poddorsky districts 92 km long and performed design work for further construction of the oblast fiber-optic transmission lines.

In each oblast districts, reconstruction, capital and current repairs of communication lines and facilities including a rural telephone network were carried out. These measures aimed at increasing the number of communication channels within the oblast and enhancing the quality of the local, oblast and long-distance telephone communication.




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