The OJSC completed expansion of number capacity of EWSD central city exchange in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Installation of Iskratel equipment providing putting into operation of 13,480 numbers i.e. 5,000 numbers for development and 8,480 numbers to replace ATX-77 and ATX-3. outdated exchanges were dismantled and replaced by outstation from central city digital exchange. The project cost 64,291,000.00 million rubles.
The director of ?ity Unified Communication Center of Sakhalin branch of the OJSC FETEC, Viktor Kalyuzhny, ATX-77 will be moved to Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsky for further operation to replace tetragonal ATX. “This digital exchange meets modern requirements but it is village-oriented so we change it” said Viktor Kalyuzhny. Change-over of about 3,000 subscribers is already completed. Telephone numbers remained but communication quality improved.
Outdated similar ATX-3 will be completely dismantled and removed from service. Installation of new outstation from city digital exchange is completed. ATX-3 subscribers will be transferred to digital numbers in the first quarter of 2004. Viktor Kalyuzhny says that subscribers will not face any difficulties. “every subscriber will be notified in writing that his number starts from 43. We will attempt to remain the number and add only 4 however due to technical reasons some.
Expanding number capacity the OJSC FETEC started to install telephones in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Tikhookeanskaya Street, in north western part, in the downtown and in southern neighborhoods. About 5,000 numbers are allocated for this purpose. Telephone access rate for organizations and population of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (without planning districts) will drop by 10% from December 1 to December 15, 2003. Organization rate will be 9,900 rubles (as compared to existing 11,000 rubles) without VAT and sales tax and 7,920 rubles for population (as compared to existing 8,000 rubles) without VAT and sales tax.