Alcatel to expand Russian operations with Rostechnologii

28 June 2012 |

Alcatel-Lucent has announced an expansion of its partnership with Russian technology organisation Rostechnologii, which will see the creation of a joint R&D centre in Moscow.

The centre will be managed by Alcatel-Lucent and fully integrated into the company’s global network of R&D centres. It is expected to employ several hundred engineers drawn from both organisations.

Rostechnologii holding company RusElectronics will form a joint venture with Alcatel to setup the facility, which is due to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The research and development agreement is intended to accelerate the deployment of LTE services, network systems and transmission technologies to meet rising global demand for high-speed broadband.

“This agreement marks a new milestone in our collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent, which creates enormous opportunities to shape the future of mobile broadband technologies in Russia. Together, Rostechnologii and Alcatel-Lucent aim to develop the necessary systems to social and economic demand for next-generation communications across the Federation,” said Sergey Chemezov, general director of Rostechnologii.

Alcatel-Lucent and Rostechnologii first formed their joint venture, Alcatel-Lucent RT, in 2009 to produce and promote IP-based telecoms equipment in Russia. The two companies also plan to explore other areas of collaboration in Russia.