Belarusian GSM network operator Belarus Telecommunications Network (BeST) says Alcatel-Lucent and Amdocs have successfully deployed an integrated, end-to-end Operations Support System (OSS) solution to enable it to centrally manage its network inventory and assets. Under the deal, Alcatel-Lucent and Amdocs have delivered a raft of services including project management, design and consulting, solution development, integration, configuration and installation and maintenance.
According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms database, BeST was registered in November 2004 and received a licence to offer services in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands the following March. Having signed a USD234 million network supply contract with Alcatel in September 2005, using funding secured from several Chinese banks, it launched services in the capital Minsk on 11 December and signed up close to 1,500 users in its first few weeks of operations. It is targeting the low end of the market and has attracted most of its customers by offering preferential tariffs for so-called 'low value' subscribers. The operator hoped to attract 500,000 to 600,000 subscribers by the end of 2006, but fell well short of its target, securing just 62,000 by that date.
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