Russian Operator MTS Chooses Tellabs for 3G Mobile Backhaul

MTS, Russia’s largest mobile operator, expects 86 percent growth in Russian data traffic by 2015. The company felt that only a next generation Ethernet/IP network upgrade can ensure that operators’ service quality and reliability remain uncompromised. MTS is partnering with Tellabs and local telecom solutions provider Intracom Svyaz to prepare for this challenge.
MTS is preparing for this growth with a strategic focus on network transport. Recognizing the need to boost the mobile backhaul and transport elements of their network, MTS has selected the Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System to support delivery of 3G mobile data services across Russia. Tellabs is now designated as a strategic supplier to MTS.
“High-speed wireless data services are vital to our growth strategy,” said Oleg Larionov, director of Transport Networks Department at MTS Group. The Tellabs 8600 series offers a proven backhaul solution that cost-effectively delivers network capacity that can scale to our future needs. We can now meet the challenge of today’s growing traffic whilst providing high quality mobile data services.”
“The Tellabs 8600 series is ideal for the high-growth Russian market,” said Tarcisio Ribeiro, Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Tellabs. It enables MTS to migrate to Ethernet/IP technology. Tellabs offers a cost-effective way to deliver mobile broadband, and supports the launch of new data services.
Implementation of the Tellabs system will start later this year.
As part of the deal, Tellabs partnered with telecom solutions provider Intracom Svyaz, Intracom Telecom’s Russian subsidiary, a Sitronics Group company.
The company is providing the Tellabs 8600 system and a range of professional services which Intracom Svyaz is complementing with additional services and technical expertise to support the local requirements.
This agreement expands Tellabs’ presence in the fast-expanding Russian mobile market. It also delivers on the Tellabs strategy of focusing on key growth markets.