French equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has announced that Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the leading mobile operator in Russia in terms of subscribers, has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) solution for its metropolitan fibre-optic transport network. The project will enable MTS to increase its network capacity, flexibility, speed and enhance the quality of service available to end-users. The resulting increase in backhaul capacity will allow MTS to optimise the delivery of 3G services and prepare its network for the evolution to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its WDM networking solution in four federal districts of Russia: Moscow, the North-West, the South and Volga, with an initial focus on the cities of Moscow, St Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov and Ufa.
Oleg Larionov, transport network director at the MTS Group, commented: ‘To prepare our urban transport network for the challenges of data traffic increase due to development of fixed communication networks, 3G and future LTE introduction we looked for a solution capable to support profitable internet growth, while controlling costs and ensuring a quick return on investments. Alcatel-Lucent’s leading-edge solution can help us transform our existing network and scale as demand grows’.