SSTL deploys fibre backbone to support mobile data

13 Nov 2013

Russian-backed cellco Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL), which operates under the MTS brand, has begun rolling out a fibre-optic backbone network to support increasing demand for data services on its wireless network. Light Reading India quotes the cellco’s CTO, Ashwini K Khillan as saying: ‘We are working towards deploying at least one fibre node for [every] ten-15 BTS [base transceiver station] sites… Most of the sites are already running on IP and aggregated microwave layers.’ The announcement follows MTS’ recent launch of its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B Phase II ‘3G Plus’ service in all of its nine operating areas; Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh West and West Bengal. Khillan went on to say that surging demand in cities required the cellco to improve elements of its network, as a minority of sites were dealing with the majority of traffic: ‘Fibre depth is not increasing as compared to sites. Presently, 30%-40% [of] sites are handling 60%-70% traffic demand.’

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