MTS awards GSM expansion deal to Ericsson

27 Sep 2004

Russia’s largest cellular operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has awarded Ericsson of Sweden a USD70 million GSM expansion contract to boost network coverage and capacity in the Krasnodar region, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Siberia (including the Novosibirsk and Tomsk regions, as well as in Irkutsk), and in the far east in Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The agreement covers deliveries until the end of the year and will see the vendor deploying its AXE810 switching platform and RBS2206 and RBS2207 GSM base stations, which have built-in EDGE capability. At the end of August 2004 MTS had 20.03 million mobile subscribers in Russia, of which 6.53 million were in Moscow and 1.57 in St Petersburg and the Leningrad region.