Telecom Lead Europe: VimpelCom is planning to introduce 3G mobile broadband entertainment and business services and 4G services.
VimpelCom that has around 208 million mobile subscribers has selected Alcatel-Lucent to support the introduction of the latest high-speed mobile broadband services.
VimpelCom is upgrading its data transport and mobile backhaul networks in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology to support all of its mobile broadband and business service offerings.
Alcatel-Lucent said this transformation will give VimpelCom a simpler network structure, which will help improve performance and reliability, and reduce the cost of operations.
The 3G and 4G project covers several regions in Russia as well as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and includes VimpelCom affiliates KaR-Tel LLP and SkyMobile.
“IP video, multimedia, and other high-bandwidth applications are becoming increasingly popular, which is driving requirements for greater speed, efficiency and performance. The deployment of an all-IP infrastructure from Alcatel-Lucent will reduce network complexity and cost,while increasing efficiency, and serves as an important step in an ongoing evolution to IP across all of our operations,” said Georgy Pisarenko, head of Group Product and Platform Development of VimpelCom.
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying IP/MPLS based Carrier Ethernet solution which includes its 7750 Service Router, 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS), and 5620 Service Aware Manager. Alcatel-Lucent in partnership with ADV Consulting will also provide a set of services and expertise in the areas such as project management, consulting and design, integration services, installation, deployment and maintenance.
“This project further strengthens Alcatel-Lucent’s cooperation with VimpelCom, and will give the operator in Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan a significant advantage over the competition by providing them with a strong network foundation upon which they continue to innovate, introducing new services and increasing bandwidth in a cost-effective manner,” said Alexander Tikhonov, head of Alcatel-Lucent’s business in CIS.