Russian mobile operator MegaFon selects Nokia Siemens Networks to prepare for LTE

By Telecom Lead Team: Russian mobile services provider MegaFon has selected
Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN platform to modernize its GSM network in the
Moscow region.


A press release said this
platform will improve network performance, energy efficiency, and reduce
capital and operating costs for MegaFon. In addition, the multi-technology
platform paves the way for a smooth transition to Long Term Evolution (LTE)
providing 4G services.


We wanted to further improve the quality of service for
our customers with the existing network. We also wanted to make our network
LTE-ready, so that we will be able to launch ultra-fast mobile broadband
services cost efficiently in the near future,” said Andrey Kurdanov, director
of MegaFon – Moscow branch.


Nokia Siemens Networks’ multi-band platform will allow
MegaFon to roll out LTE services, efficiently utilizing different frequency
bands. This will help us position ourselves as an innovation leader in the


Constantly improving the quality of experience by
providing improved speed, network coverage and new data-intensive services is
very important for operators such as MegaFon. What is equally important is
doing so cost effectively with flexible, scalable, energy-efficient radio
access network,” said Alexey Podryabinnikov, head of customer team MegaFon at
Nokia Siemens Networks.


Under the modernization contract, Nokia Siemens Networks
will provide its Single RAN platform based on its award-winning, compact,
energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. This platform will replace
MegaFon’s existing radio access platforms, including UltraSite, MetroSite and
Flexi EDGE base stations from Nokia Siemens Networks. This multi-technology
platform is able to run GSM, High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and LTE, and can be
defined to roll out a particular technology with a simple software update.


Nokia Siemens Networks won a five-year contract
from Vodacom Tanzania to modernize Vodacom’s network in the country. Under the
contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will implement its single radio access network
platform in the country.


Also, the company will replace Vodacom’s
existing GSM and 3G base stations with the single RAN platform. The company
will also provide its liquid radio-based self-organizing network for the radio
access and core network as well as its NetAct powered network management

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