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30th November 2000, Moscow, Russia
GOODWIN Group, Russia, addresses the “last mile” problem
During summer-autumn 2000 GOODWIN EUROPE
(one of the companies forming the GOODWIN Group) undertook cardinal top
management changes. Mr. Nikolai Kornev joined the company as General Director,
Mr. Anatoly Evdokimov as Commercial Director and Mr. Michael Nagorsky as Chief
of R&D Department. These appointments are related to the Group’s strategic
plans on expanding its participation in the solution of one of the key problems
of Russian telecommunications – the “last mile” problem. Up to that time
the Group’s activity was primarily concentrated on design, manufacture and
distribution of corded and cordless telephones and other terminal devices.
GOODWIN EUROPE is already well-known in
Russian telecommunications as a supplier of equipment for wireless local loop
systems. So far GOODWIN supplied to the Russian market GOODWIN WLL and
GOODWIN mini-WLL systems (DECT standard) that incorporated imported equipment
from such well-known companies as Philips, Siemens and Urmet. In 1998-2000 such
systems were supplied to the operators in Moscow, Moscow region, Orenburg,
Taganrog, Kaliningrad, etc. Thus, the company was able to gain significant
experience in this field of activity and to create foundation for implementing
and introducing domestic R&D results.
GOODWIN has started at its Moscow plant the
mass production of the first Russian cordless terminal adapter – GOODWIN
TAROUSSA – operating in DECT standard. This product has no analogues on the
Russian market and TAROUSSA’s consumer qualities exceed those of similar
devices from foreign companies due to its full adaptation to the specific
Russian lines. GOODWIN TAROUSSA CTA is fully GAP-compatible – this fact allows
it to be used in many DECT-systems: WLL as well as business-systems. Unlike
similar devices from other manufacturers it does not require prefixes to
interconnect to the PSTN line. Tests on TAROUSSA’s compatibility with most
wireless local loop systems have demonstrated positive results.
GOODWIN TAROUSSA is the core part of the
terminal equipment set supplied within WLL systems. Besides, GOODWIN designed
and started mass production of subscriber antennas and UPS devices. Subscribers
to the WLL systems can, of course, use the GOODWIN telephones that are fully
compatible with the above equipment.
Next year GOODWIN is launching at its Moscow
plant the manufacture of infrastructure equipment for wireless local loop
systems based on DECT (controllers, base stations, multiplexers and repeaters).
The development is performed jointly by R&D divisions of GOODWIN EUROPE and
RASKAT+ (also a company inside the GOODWIN Group). Thus, the GOODWIN Group
becomes the only Russian production group capable of ensuring complete
solution to the WLL problem by designing and manufacturing in Russia both
subscriber and infrastructure equipment.
As a result, available for the Russian
operators will be the GOODWIN BORODINO WLL system providing the cost per
subscriber not higher than $400-450 with subsequent decrease down to $350-400.
The type approval of the system is expected to take place in early 2001. The
start of supply is planned for April 2001.
In parallel with the promotion to the market
of GOODWIN BORODINO system, GOODWIN has launched the development of wireless
local loop system for disperse population (in the rural area). GOODWIN MOUROM
system will integrate solutions based on DECT and wireline access technology
MDSL. The system will be demonstrated at the Sviaz-Expocomm’01 exhibition
GOODWIN devices are manufactured at GOODWIN
own production site equipped with SMD lines and testing stands from world
leading suppliers (Philips, Hewlett-Packard, Marconi, etc.). The plant is ISO
9002 GOST R certified. Modern laser-optic testing used in the quality control
system allows the manufacture of products fully meeting international standards.
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