MegaFon, Russia’s second largest cellco by subscribers, has enlisted French equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent to implement its converged Radio Access Network (RAN) solution in the Siberian Federal District. The deployment, which will take place in the city of Altai Krai, will integrate diverse 2G and 3G technologies and frequencies into a single scalable network, whilst also laying the foundation for the seamless future introduction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The resultant network will be the largest converged 2G/3G network in Siberia to date.
The RAN convergence will allow MegaFon to increase its network capacity, coverage and flexibility, while reducing its operating costs and carbon footprint through more efficient power consumption. The converged solution includes distributed base stations and macro base stations which support GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA+ configurations, ensuring a high availability of 3G services throughout the region.
Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) commented: ‘Alcatel-Lucent has deployed more than 350 commercial wireless networks worldwide of all generations. Our experience helped us, in cooperation with MegaFon experts, to integrate our solution with the existing equipment in the shortest possible time, and prepare a new infrastructure for commercial introduction. We are proud to be part of the launch of Russia’s new commercial converged network, and to partner with MegaFon, a dynamic player in the Russia’s telecommunication industry’.