Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
According to the agreement signed by Belarus GSM 900/1800 operator BeST and Alcatel Shanghai Bell Co., Ltd. on September 26, 2005, Belarusian mobile operator is to purchase the Chinese company's telecommunications equipment for U.S. $234 million.
Alcatel Shanghai Bell Co., Ltd. won the bidding in which four other major telco equipment producers participated: ZTE Corporation (China), Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd ( Hong Kong), Siemens (Germany), LM Ericsson International AB (Switzeland). Alcatel Shanghai Bell received a contract at a tender on June 29 to supply equipment to BeST and since then the two companies have been finalizing the deal.
On September 1, Belarus' Communications Minister Vladimir Goncharenko said that Alcatel Shanghai Bell supplied the first batch of $10 million in telecommunications equipment to BeST in advance.
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