Russian mobile operator Tele2 Russia has initiated an upgrade of its core network. The project is being carried out by Russian integrator Tekhnoserv, using the equipment supplied by Orckit Communications. Orckit, a leading Carrier Ethernet + Transport (CE+T) networking vendor, will use its CM-4000 products to enhance Tele2’s mobile backbone network. Work is already underway in St Petersburg, and will commence in Omsk and Krasnoyarsk by end-2010. Completion of the network upgrade across a further ten regions is scheduled for 2011. Ritvars Krievs, chief technical officer at Tele2 Russia commented: ‘Tele2 Russia continues to scale up its regional coverage, number of subscribers and network capacity. Our network upgrade includes MPLS technologies that can carry existing TDM services together with growing packet services at low equipment and operational costs’.
In other news, according to RBC Daily, Tele2 Russia plans to bid for 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies in the eastern Federal Districts of Russia. Russian regulator Roskomnadzor plans to auction frequencies in the Ural, Far-East, Siberia and Volga districts, with a total of 32 licences set to be distributed. The auction will see Tele2 go head to head with the so-called ‘Big Three’ mobile operators: Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), MegaFon, and Vimpelcom, all of whom have already declared an interest in the frequencies.