Russian group Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has contracted Nokia Solutions & Networks (NSN, formerly Nokia Siemens Networks) to modernise and expand its networks in Ukraine and Turkmenistan to provide enhanced mobile internet services, while deploying additional 3G base stations in Turkmenistan. NSN is providing core network elements, radio access infrastructure and services for the upgrade projects, which will be finished by the end of 2014 to increase capacity and expand mobile broadband coverage. Core network elements being deployed include NSN’s Mobile Softswitching (MSS) systems and Multimedia Gateway (MGW) to handle voice and multimedia services, while the vendor’s NetAct network management system will be upgraded to monitor, manage and optimise overall network performance. NSN will also deliver its Single RAN (radio access network) platform, based on the energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station, based on a multi-technology platform to help modernise a large part of the existing sites on MTS’s Turkmenistan and Ukraine networks. Additionally, at other sites the company will deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC), 2G Base Station Controller (BSC) and related 2G Transcoder (TC), designed to further increase flexibility and efficiency of single radio networks. The scope of the deal also includes a complete range of services, such as network implementation, planning and optimisation, systems integration and a full set of care services comprising hardware, software and competence development services.