Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and CIS, and Ericsson, the largest global provider of telecommunications equipment announced the signing of an agreement on the joint development of the telecommunications infrastructure and cooperation in the construction of LTE networks in Russia’s Volga, Siberia, the Ural and Southern Federal districts.
Beneath the three-year deal, Ericsson will kick-off in Q2 2013 to develop LTE networks in four Federal Districts covering more than half of the Russia’s territory. During the first period of the roll-out, Ericsson will supply not less than 10,000 LTE base stations. Ericsson selected as a supplier to the switching network LTE not only in the regions where the vendor will deploy radio access network of the fourth generation, but also in the North-West Federal District. Under the agreement, MTS and Ericsson agreed to increase cooperation and the development of networks of second and third generation in some regions of the country.
“We have been cooperating with Ericsson in projects for the development of network infrastructure, and now Ericsson is a partner to ensure the work of fourth-generation network in most parts of Russia. In the regions in which we intend to partner with Ericsson to deploy a network of 4G, concentrated production capacity of key sectors of the Russian economy: mining, engineering, processing, farming, where a high demand of users, including corporate clients, innovative services, high speed mobile internet . We intend to start building fourth-generation network in the regions of Russia in the near future to have until the end of 2013 to provide high-speed data transmission services residents of about 15 regions of the country,” said the president of MTS Andrey Dubovskov.
MTS continues its aggressive build-out of the LTE networks and by the end of 2013 the operator plans to build a fourth-generation network to cover about 600 settlements in Russia. In Moscow there are already has a network of MTS 4G standards; LTE TDD and LTE FDD, and in Kazan, MTS provides high-speed data transfer on 4G network model MVNO.
“We are pleased to partner with MTS in a project to deploy an LTE network in most parts of the country. According to our forecasts, by 2018, access to LTE will be at 60% of the population and this project – it is an important step in the development of fourth-generation networks. Launching LTE-network MTS introduces the development of mobile Internet services in Russia to a new level, opening up users to access high-speed services. Our solution will ensure a high quality user experience to MTS. To date, Ericsson is involved in 150 projects for the development of 4G networks around the world and this gives us the opportunity to assess the significant economic impact of the introduction of LTE in different countries. LTE encourages investment and innovation. Promoting the growth of LTE is one of the priorities of the Ericsson development of digital infrastructure for the benefit of business and society,” said the president and CEO of Ericsson, Hans Vestberg.