Cellcom CTO: Breakdown unconnected to layoffs

Cellcom still does not know the cause of the last week's breakdown that severely disrupted communications.

"Joint teams of us and Nokia Siemens are working unceasingly to locate the source of the breakdown. On Thursday night, 24 hours after the breakdown, five Nokia engineers arrived, each of whom has thorough knowledge of the network. We're getting support from them together with our engineers. The matter is still under investigation," Cellcom Israel Ltd. (NYSE:CEL; TASE:CEL) CTO Lipa Ogman told "Globes".

"Globes": You haven’t yet located the source of the breakdown?

Ogman: "No."

Is it possible that an error is some work carried out on the night before the breakdown was responsible?

"We're constantly working on the network. The work shouldn’t cause a breakdown, and it isn't the cause of the breakdown. This is an engineering network on which work is always being carried out. This is a developing network with increasing capacity and growing services. All work undertaken in the days before the breakdown was successful, and is not the cause of the breakdown."

To the best of my knowledge, Cellcom's engineering division has cuts its annual budget by over 10%. Could there be a connection between the cutbacks and the breakdown?

"There is no connection. The engineering division is streamlining because of improved procedures and professionalism, and like any respectable body, when it deepens in knowledge and learns new work methods, it must streamline. To streamline project, in other words, to undertake projects that bring about streamlining and to streamline work procedures. All the streamlining undertaken has absolutely no connection with the breakdown."

Will you make changes as a result of the breakdown?

"I still don’t know what I have to fix. We're working continuously. Nokia's people are contibually trying to investigate in depth matters to find the cause of the breakdown."

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on December 6, 2010

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