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AT&T TO MODERNIZE KAZAKHSTAN TELECOM

 AT&T TO MODERNIZE KAZAKHSTAN TELECOM
 ALMA ATA, Kazakhstan, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T)


announced today that it was selected as the main switching supplier for Kazakhstan -- a republic of the former Soviet Union. AT&T Network Systems Intnerational (AT&T-NSI) and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications of Kazakhstan signed a general agreement last week for the provisioning of telecommunications equipment in line with Kazakhstan's plans to upgrade, modernize and expand its domestic network infrastructure.
 For a period of 10 years AT&T will hold a significant share of the telecommunications market for digital switching in Kazakhstan. The agreement calls for the supply of one million lines of digital switching over this period. The Ministry has ambitious plans to triple the size of the national telephone network to three million lines. Kazakhstan is the second largest republic in the Commonwealth of Independent States, bigger in size than Western Europe, and rich in natural resources such as copper and oil.
 "This is a wonderful opportunity for AT&T to bring product and technology to Kazakhstan" said Auke Gerbens, international sales and marketing vice president of AT&T-NSI. "There is tremendous growth potential here and we look forward to working with our newest customer to modernize their communications systems."
 "With the help of AT&T we will be able to expand our telecommunications infrastructure in order to offer telephone connections to our private and business customers," said Aldaz M. Tungushbayev, first deputy minister of telecommunications of Kazakhstan.
 As part of the agreement, AT&T-NSI received an initial order for the supply and installation of a 5ESS(R) digital switching system to be installed in Alma Ata as part of the intercity business communications network. By the end of the year, direct dial access to the long distance and international telecommunications network will be available from the capital city. Several additional 5ESS switches will be installed later to help expand the local telephone network in Alma Ata and other major cities in Kazakhstan.
 In less than six months, AT&T has partnered with four republics of the former Soviet Union. In October 1991, direct dial telephone service between the Republic of Armenia and the rest of the world was established, using an AT&T 5ESS gateway switch providing 180 circuits. In January, AT&T announced the formation of a joint venture company with PTT Telecom of the Netherlands and the State Committee of Communications of Ukraine to build, own, operate and modernize its international and long distance telephone network. Last month, the AT&T of St. Petersburg joint venture was formed with the Russian telecommunications company Dalnya Sviaz (DALS) to market and provide telecommunications equipment in Russia.
 AT&T provides communications services, equipment and computer systems to consumers, businesses and communications companies around the world.
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