May 09, 1997 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Advances to The Ecuador Switching System Market

On May 9, 1997, Samsung and EMETEL (Empresa Estatal de Telecommunication) have inauguration of digital switching system in Quizapincha, Ecuador. Mr. Fabian Alarcon, the President of Ecuador. Mr. Robert Pena, General director of EMETEL, and Mr. Soon Kim, the vice president of Samsung Electronics latin America attended this inauguration.

On May, 1996, Samsung started to provide SDX-RB digital switching system on a full turn key basis to EMETEL by the project name of TREK (Rural Telecommunication Ecuador-korea Project). Samsung provided 21,000 lines of switching system and the incidental facilities such as microwave equipments, optical transmission, subscriber cables, technical training and maintenances.

This project, TREK, will make progress by establishing the telecommunication infrastructure with modernized technology on the 21sites of 19states including the Ecuador's capital city, Quito for the undeveloped area's social and economic development.

EMETEL will inauguration whole 31sites by March, 1998 as 1st stage of TREK project. After this stage, Samsung is planning to provide 33,600 lines for 42sites including Guayaquil, Machala etc.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a US$19 billion flagship company of the Korean-based Samsung Group, also intends to be one of the world's top five manufacturers of multimedia telecommunications products by the year 2005. The company focuses on digital telecom products and, by the year 2000, aims to be ranked among the top-three handset manufacturers by exporting over US$1 by CDMA handsets. In an effort to improve the company's brand image, Samsung Electronics signed on as one of The Olympic Partner (TOP) companies on May 9, 1997, to provide wireless communications for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.


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