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JENOPTIK makes the breakthrough in Latin America with wireless local loop technology

KRONE AG receives DM 60 million order from Telecom Argentina. Biggest ever contract for fixed-network wireless communication systems.

The globally active telecommunications manufacturer KRONE AG, Berlin (Germany), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the JENOPTIK AG Technology Group, Jena (Germany), has made the breakthrough in the Latin American market with the fixed-network wireless local loop (WLL) technology. Krone received an order worth DM 60 million from the Argentine network operator Telecom Argentina. The order means that Krone is now one of the leading suppliers of WLL technology in Latin America.

Thanks to a range of up to 80 kilometres and a voice transmission quality comparable with traditional fixed networks, Krone technology once again won through against all the competing systems from all countries.

As well as this contract, which is the biggest ever WLL contract for the Berlin-based company, the group has won a number of other contracts in Argentina and Columbia since the start of 1998. The Jenoptik subsidiary got its first major contract for the wireless technology in 1997 in the Philippines. By the end of the project, its value was around DM 45 million. Here too, the company emerged the winner after equally fierce international competition. Elsewhere in Asia, WLL technology has been successfully implemented in China and Indonesia.

The KRONE Group, which is the Telecommunications Technologies Division of JENOPTIK AG, had a turnover of DM 642 million in 1997, 80 percent of which came from abroad. Last year's sales relating to WLL technology amounted to DM 43.6 million.

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