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MegaFon gears up to offer faster mobile broadband


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Selects Nokia Siemens Networks to create new cost-efficient high-speed Internet services, using all-IP mobile backhaul

MegaFon is building a country-wide IP mobile backhaul network to reduce costs, increase network capacity and ensure smooth migration from legacy technology to an all-IP transport platform. The operator has signed up Nokia Siemens Networks in one of Russia’s most significant systems integrator deals.

“We aim to build a unified mobile backhaul to facilitate faster rollout of 3G services such as HSPA and prepare a converged IP transport network for fixed and mobile services for millions of people in Russia,” said Valery Ermakov, first deputy to general director for operations (Chief Operations Officer), OJSC MegaFon. “Nokia Siemens Networks’ expertise in system integration, coupled with the best and highly scalable equipment from Tellabs and complemented by Juniper Networks, will enable us to build a cost-efficient, LTE-ready network. This will help us keep pace with the exponential increase in the data traffic while significantly reducing our capital costs.”

“The increasing use of bandwidth-intensive applications is creating capacity bottlenecks for operators, and existing networks cannot cope with the situation,” added Joe Doering, head of Nokia Siemens Networks business in across the region. “Our resilient and scalable all-IP mobile backhaul is a cost-efficient platform that will enable MegaFon to deliver competitive mobile broadband services, and enable universal access to network resources for both fixed and mobile users.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing MegaFon with its smart mobile backhaul offering, along with a range of professional services such as network design, project management, implementation and care over a period of two years. This includes integration of Tellabs® 8600 Managed Edge System, the Tellabs® 8800 Multiservice Router Series and the Tellabs® 8000 Intelligent Network Manager, along with Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and EX Series Ethernet Switches. These items provide a seamless migration path from legacy technology to a highly-scalable all-IP transport network.
About MegaFon

OJSC MegaFon is the all-Russian universal communications operator running its business in all segments of the telecommunications market. MegaFon was established in May 2002.

MegaFon became the first and the only operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. The Company and its subsidiaries have all the required licenses and operate in all the Russian regions and the Republic of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon was the first in Russia to launch 3G for commercial operations and is currently Top 1 in the segment of mobile Internet, and Top 2 as to the number of active subscribers in Russia.

Having acquired Synterra Group of Companies, one of the leading Russian backbone operators, in June 2010, MegaFon entered the market of fixed-line communication for government and corporate customers as well as fixed Broadband market. The combined infrastructure of MegaFon and Synterra is present in all the Russian regions, forming the basis for GSM 900/1800, 3G, VSAT, IP/MPLS, NLD/ILD networks, data and call centers connected to all players of telecommunication market.

In 2009, MegaFon became the General Partner of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Games in 2014 in Sochi.

As of June 30, 2010, the principal shareholders of MegaFon are companies of AF Telecom Holding group, the TeliaSonera group and Altimo telecommunications holding.
About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.


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