Comstar and MTS to share 3G infrastructure in Moscow; MTS plotting RUB3 billion LTE rollout?

15 Nov 2010

Russian cellcos Comstar-UTS and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) have announced a joint project which will see MTS connect its 3G base stations to Comstar’s multi-service transport communication network in the Moscow region. By the end of 2010 Comstar aims to connect its existing network to more than 300 MTS base stations across the region. The agreement is aimed at avoiding a duplication of network resources. It is believed that the unified 3G network will allow transmission speeds of up to 14.4Mbps, with some sectors of the network implementing HSDPA+ connectivity, allowing data rates of 21.6Mbps.

Konstantin Markov, Region Director for MTS Moscow commented: ‘This project of integration is aimed at improving usage efficiency for the company existing infrastructure resources and reducing costs. The use of Comstar’s developed telecommunications infrastructure in the Moscow region paves the way for further expansion of data rates and a greater range of services provided to MTS’ 3G network subscribers. At the same time, it helps to substantially reduce the rollout time and investments for the construction of a transport network’.

In other news, RBC Daily has reported that MTS is planning to invest approximately RUB3 billion (USD97.4 million) to roll out a Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network in Moscow in 2011. The report quoted MTS spokeswoman Irina Osadchaya, who claimed that the company intends to start work on a city-wide 4G network in the first quarter of 2011.