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Austrian telecommunication company Kapsch CarrierCom AG opens office in Belarus

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25.03.2009

The Austrian international telecommunication company Kapsch CarrierCom AG has set up a subsidiary company in Belarus, Thomas Schopf, member of the Kapsch CarrierCom AG Board of Directors, told media in Minsk on March 18.

Despite the complicated economic situation in 2009, Kapsch CarrierCom AG continues expanding its business in Eastern Europe. It invested around €0.5 million in setting up the subsidiary company Kapsch. Speaking about possible future investments, Thomas Schopf said the company will have to examine the local market, assess its perspectives and become a strong player on the Belarusian telecommunications market.

Kapsch Executive Director Yuliana Filazafovich said, the Belarusian company will vigorously cooperate with mobile companies as well as the national electric communication operator Beltelecom. In her words, Kapsch is finishing the first part of a project for Velcom. New MLPS IP technologies based on a backbone network have been designed and assimilated for the project, which is supposed to run for five years. The company has also worked out and sent its proposals for possible cooperation to Beltelecom.

In addition, Kapsch CarrierCom AG is interested in establishing cooperation with Belarusian Railways. According to Thomas Schopf, the European Association of Railways has adopted a new GSM-R standard for railways. The Austrian company suggests introducing this standard of mobile communication for Belarusian railways. “Whether Belarusian Railways intends to participate in standardising its systems in compliance with European ones is another question,” he stressed.

Thomas Schopf also added, Kapsch CarrierCom AG plans to set up an innovation technologies centre in Belarus. A similar centre in Bulgaria employs 35 local specialists. As Belarus is a new market, only several people will be employed initially.

Thomas Schopf believes Belarus offers a favourable environment for business development, as there are over 3.36 million telephone connections (in 2007). Besides, in 2008 Belarus’ GDP went up by 10%, the second highest figure in the CIS after Azerbaijan. Besides, the export increased by 35.5%. “The demand for our services in Belarus is technological. It gives us hope for a favourable market situation and steady business development,” said Thomas Schopf.

Kapsch CarrierCom AG is a large international company with the annual turnover close to €100 million. The company has subsidiaries in Croatia, Bulgaria, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czechia, and Hungary.

Source: www.belta.by

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