MagtiCom

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MagtiCom
Type Limited Liability Company
Industry telecommunications
Founded 1996
Founder(s) Dr. George (Gia) Jokhtaberidze
Headquarters Tbilisi, Georgia
Area served 98% of the populated territory of Georgia
Key people David Lee (President)
Products mobile telephony, Fixed telephony, Satellite television, ISP.
Owner(s) Telcell Wireless LLC & ITC LLC
Website www.magticom.ge

The mobile communications company MagtiCom Ltd. or more commonly MagtiCom was founded in 1996 and represents the largest Telecommunication company of Georgia. For today MagtiCom operates under five main brands Magti, Bali, Magti Fix, Bani, MagtiSat, and delivers various telecom services to more than 3 million customers across the whole Georgia. MagtiCom has more than 300 roaming partners in more than 150 countries.

History[edit]

The company was established in 1996 and became operational by the beginning of 1997. In 1999 MagtiCom became first GSM operator in Georgia to move to the GSM 900/1800 MHz dual-band system.[1] The same year the first edition of MagtiCom's quarterly magazine "The world of constant connection" was published. In 2000 MagtiCom was the first mobile operator in Georgia who offered to its subscribers Dual-subscribtion SIM cards and introduced the first card based pre-paid billing system in Georgia. In 2001 Magticom launched mobile internet based on WAP and GPRS services.

In 2005 MagtiCom launched its second brand Bali which is narrowly focused on the youth population of Georgia. The same year MagtiCom started building of the first Third Generation network in Georgia. As a result, in 2006 MagtiCom introduced 3G network with HSDPA support. Company introduced a range of services including Video call, Mobile TV and High-speed Mobile Internet.[2]

In 2007 Georgian government announced a tender to build so called GGN (Georgian Governmental Network) across the whole Georgia. MagtiCom participated and won the tender. in 2008 Magticom prematurely fulfilled its obligations and as a result more than 408 ministries and governmental offices were connected with each other by means of secure and stable IP network.

In 2008 MagtiCom started to offer fixed-Wireless telephone and Internet service to its subscribers by means of its third brand Magti Fix. The network used for Magti Fix service is based on CDMA-450 1x standard and represents separate network with its own network elements which was rolled-out in a record short time. Later in 2009 MagtiCom offered to its Magti Fix subscribers wireless broadband Internet by means of EV-DO technology which operates the same frequency as CDMA 1x but represents different network.

In January 2012 MagtiSat, the first operator of satellite broadcasting, was launched to provide the top-quality TV broadcasting to any place of the country;

Today MagtiCom is the only telecommunications company in Georgia with the ability to offer the quad play: mobile and fixed telephony, internet and television. In 2012 MagtiCom united the quad play in its iQ package

Shareholder structure[edit]

At present the company is owned by Telcell Wireless LLC and ITC LLC.

Network and Technology[edit]

To deliver diversity of telecommunication services to its subscribers MagtiCom operates number of different networks and uses big variety of contemporary technologies. To deliver mobile voice and data communication MagtiCom operates 2.5G and 3.5G networks. 2.5G network is based on GSM 900/1800 standard and uses GPRS technology to deliver mobile data services with up to 96 kbit/s speed. MagtiCom also delivers 3G services to its customers by means of WCDMA (UMTS) network which operates in 2.1 GHz frequency range and uses HSPA+ technology for even faster mobile internet and data services (up to 21.6 Mbit/s).

For Wireless-Fixed telephony and Data service MagtiCom operates CDMA-450 1x/EV-DO networks. Magticom’s CDMA signal covers more than 75% of populated territory of Georgia.

To deliver wireless internet service, in addition to EV-DO technology MagtiCom also uses WiMax and Wi-Fi networks in a number of cities and regional centers of Georgia.

For cable (fixed) internet service Magticom uses Active optical network technology which supports internet connection with up to 100 Mbit/s speed.

The world of constant connection[edit]

Since 1999 MagtiCom publishes its periodical magazine “The World of Constant Connection” which is distributed for free among the Georgian population. The magazine contains information about new services and technologies introduced by MagtiCom, coverage maps with company’s sales offices, and list of company’s roaming partners. Also magazine offers a reader various articles about latest telecommunication technologies and other cognitive materials.

Plans[edit]

From the end of 2009 MagtiCom plans to expand its service portfolio by adding cable internet and IPTV services. For this purpose company will introduce two new brands to Georgian market, these brands will be MagtiNet and MagtiTV.

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