MGTS plots USD2bn GPON rollout

27 Apr 2012

Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS), the capital’s dominant wireline provider, has confirmed plans to spend USD2 billion on its in-deployment GPON network, Kommersant has reported, with around USD600 million of the budget earmarked for this year. According to MGTS, its GPON deployment will enable the firm to increase its data transfer rate to over 100Mbps, and will eventually allow the company to scrap the obsolete copper cables that now support its ADSL and ADSL2+ lines. Chinese vendors Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation are expected to supply the bulk of the hardware, although Sweden’s Ericsson may also participate as an additional hardware supplier.

MGTS is a subsidiary of Russian wireless giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), and currently accounts for around 4.5 million wireline users and 500,000 broadband customers.