Nokia Siemens Networks launches Russia's first TD-LTE 4G network with Mobile TeleSystems
Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), a major telecoms group in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, has launched 4G mobile broadband services with speeds of up to 100 megabits per second covering most of Moscow and an additional 40 population centres in the surrounding area.
Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole vendor for the launch, providing a complete time division duplex long term evolution (TD-LTE) network and a range of services. As part of the network, the company has provided its single radio access network (RAN) and liquid core-based evolved packet core (EPC). 'The launch of LTE services by MTS, on a par with leading LTE services around the world, reaffirms Russia's place among most technologically advanced economies. Our LTE network's high data throughput and superior reliability enable our customers to benefit from high quality multimedia applications with faster network access,' said Konstantin Markov, head of MTS macro-region, Moscow. 'MTS is expanding mobile broadband services in Moscow, contributing to the region's development. Joint efforts by MTS and Nokia Siemens Networks, our long standing partner, are focused on achieving LTE coverage in 96% of Moscow by the end of 2012. We also plan to double the coverage in Moscow provinces from the current level of coverage in 40 towns.' 'This TD-LTE network rollout, one of the largest TD-LTE networks in the world, is yet another example of our commitment to promote 4G technology globally,' said Vladimir Ulianov, head of MTS customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. 'To significantly enhance the mobile broadband experience for MTS customers, we applied our expertise in TD-LTE technology and strong services capabilities. Our radio and core network elements have built a reliable and flexible network to fulfil current and future data traffic demands driven by the drastically increasing use of smartphones.'