MTS launches TD-LTE network in Moscow
Russia’s MTS is claiming to have launched the country’s first 4G TD-LTE network in Moscow and 40 surrounding population centres.
The launch comes behind MegaFon, which launched LTE services in the city in May via an MVNO agreement with Scartel.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) was selected as the sole vendor for the launch and has provided its single radio access network and evolved packet core solutions.
The vendor migrated MTS’ network from WiMAX technology, deploying 2,200 multi-technology base stations and has also provided its network management system.
“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,” said Konstantin Markov, head of MTS macro-region, Moscow. "MTS is expanding mobile broadband services in Moscow, contributing to the region's development."
MTS aims to expand coverage 96% of the Moscow territory by the end of 2012 and double the number of population centres in the region with access to its 4G services.
“This TD-LTE network roll-out, 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.
All four winners of Russia’s LTE tender - MTS, VimpelCom, MegaFon and Rostelecom - are expected to provide Russia-wide network coverage by 2019.