MTS awards further 3G supply contracts

28 Sep 2007

Russia’s largest mobile operator by users, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has announced the award of contracts to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Ericsson to build a nationwide W-CDMA network. Ericisson and NSN will be the only two companies building MTS’ 3G network, a company spokeswoman said, without giving financial details of the deals. In April MTS was awarded one of three national 3G concessions, alongside Russia’s second and third-placed operators by subscribers, Vimpelcom and MegaFon. In May MTS awarded the country’s first W-CDMA equipment contract to NSN. The initial deal covered the supply of a 3G network covering the Moscow region.