Thomson VoIP platforms go to third GTS Central Europe subsidiary

GTS Datanet has chosen Thomson Cirpack VoIP switching platforms for the launch of its new double play and IP Centrex services. GTS Datanet is the largest alternative operator in Hungary and a subsidiary of GTS Central Europe, the biggest alternative operator in the region. GTS Datanet becomes the third member of the GTS Central Europe group to select Thomson?s Cirpack solutions, following announcements by GTS Telecom in Romania and GTS Nextra in Slovakia in 2004 and 2005.

GTS Central Europe provides integrated telecoms solutions with its own fibre-based network in Central Europe. Its Hungarian subsidiary is preparing to launch a range of double play and IP Centrex packages for its operator and business clients with the intention of attracting 20,000 new customers within 12 months of launch. To fulfil these requirements, GTS Datanet needed a carrier grade platform capable of offering full class 5 voice features.

GTS Datanet strategy, according to CEO Geza Szathmari, CEO, is: "to increase market share with all customers - residential, business and carrier clients - by offering attractively priced advanced telephony solutions. We needed a softswitch able to provide all traditional TDM functions as well as new IP based services."

Jean-Pierre Dumolard, General Manager of Thomson?s Network Intelligence Solutions commented: "Broadband subscriptions in Hungary are rising rapidly, with a 60% increase registered by the Hungarian telecoms regulator National Communications Authority (NHH) in 2005 alone. This, combined with the recent introduction of telephony unbundling legislation in 2004, means there is a high potential for Voice over Broadband services in Hungary."

* GTS Central Europe (GTS CE) is a multi-layered infrastructure-based provider of integrated telecoms solutions for countries in Central and Eastern Europe lying between Frankfurt and Istanbul. Using its own regional fibre network, GTS CE provides fixed voice, data, IP, MPLS and broadband services, primarily to business customers as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content. GTS CE?s primary countries of operation are: Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, with network extensions and local partnerships in Ukraine, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Moldova and Turkey.

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