MTS TD-LTE to cover 98% of Moscow by year-end

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), which launched its 100 mbps ultra-fast 4G mobile broadband in Moscow region, will cover 98% of Moscow by the end of the year, Nokia Siemens Networks, its hardware partner for the roll out, said. It will also double the coverage in Moscow region from the current 40 towns.

The company has migrated MTS’ complete network from WiMAX to TD-LTE, deploying 2,200 advanced, multi-technology base stations.

“The launch of LTE services by MTS, on a par with leading LTE services around the world, reaffirms Russia’s place among most technologically advanced economies. Our LTE network’s high data throughput and superior reliability enable our customers to benefit from high quality multimedia applications with faster network access,” said Konstantin Markov, head of MTS macro-region, Moscow.

“This TD-LTE network rollout (is) one of the largest TD-LTE networks in the world..,” said Vladimir Ulianov, head of MTS customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks has provided its Single RAN platform, based on its compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station for the TD-LTE network. Nokia Siemens Networks has also provided its Liquid Core** based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi Network Server (NS) and Flexi Network Gateway (NG).

Nokia Siemens Networks has also provided an end-to-end security solution for Packet Core and LTE Transport, including firewalls, a Certificate Authority and security gateways.

MTS India has been rumored to be in talks to take over a 3G operator, Aircel.