Following an International Tender released by the fixed telecommunications operator in Kosovo (PTK, J.S.C.), Intracom signed a contract of total value 3U41,75 million for supplying, implementing and putting in operation the "Extension of the DardaNET IP Backbone Network".
DardaNET, as a PTK, J.S.C. business unit, was launched commercially on March 2002 offering Internet and VPN services, to business and residential customers, in the capital city and six (6) other major cities of Kosovo.
Within the frame of the awarded contract, DardaNET's objective is to extend its network infrastructure by upgrading existing Points of Presence, as well as by introducing fifty (50) new Points of Presence (PoPs), thus providing services to most of the regions in Kosovo.
The contract includes the supply of the required data equipment and software, together with professional services for the design, configuration, installation, testing and handover to PTK, J.S.C. of a fully functional transmission network.
"Kosovo citizens and enterprises will benefit from the services offered by PTK, J.S.C" (PTK) said Agron Rrustemaj, the DardaNEt Director. "The infrastructure that we are going to deploy is one of the most advanced and features the full support of IP-based advanced applications. In particular, it will foster the business of local companies. Moreover, this solution makes it possible to keep OPEX under control, by increasing customer satisfaction, thanks to the easiness of the introduction of new services in the market", added Mr. Rrustemaj.
Mr. Manos Vassilakis, INTRACOM General Manager, Telco Business Development, underlined: "Undertaking this project is in line with INTRACOM's broader strategic orientation towards empowering its dynamic presence in S.E. Europe, where the company mainly focuses its activities".
Post and Telecommunication of Kosovo J.S.C. provides telecommunication services to its customers and employees. As the only licensed company in Kosovo to provide telecommunication services it is the leader for the telecommunication services. PTK's mission is to provide high quality, affordable and reliable communication services to customers to ensure sustainable growth and profitability through continuous improvement and investment in people. PTK's vision is to be internationally recognized as the first choice provider of communication services in the region in terms of customer satisfaction and standards of excellence. Currently PTK has four Business Units; Post of Kosovo, Fixed Network, ISP-DardaNet, and GSM operator Vala 900. PTK has 2300 employees. For more details visit http://www.ptkonline.com.
INTRACOM, on the other hand, with this new project strengthens the company's dynamic presence in Southeastern Europe, which constitutes one of its main regions of focus. Capitalizing on its longstanding expertise in network technologies (voice, data, Internet, video, TV, etc), INTRACOM specializes in the provision of integrated solutions for Data, Voice and Video services to Telecom organizations.
These solutions, based on established technologies and international open standards, meet the current demands of the telecommunications market for value added services, ensuring flexibility, expandability, and interoperability. In recent years, there is an increasing demand for such solutions at an international level, as a result of the dominant trend of telecom networks convergence, globalization, transition to a free market economy and increasing competition.
Founded in 1977, listed on the Athens Stock Exchange since 1990 and included in the FTSE/ASE-20 LargeCap index, INTRACOM is the largest multinational Information & Communications Technology (ICT) solutions provider headquartered in Greece. INTRACOM serves the government, telecommunications, defence, banking, and large enterprise market sectors, focusing on Southeast Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. INTRACOM Group's products and services reach 60 countries all over the world. INTRACOM, besides Greece, operates subsidiaries in 16 countries.