Russia round-up: MTS to launch small cells in 2014/16; Rostelecom extends GPON coverage; ETK to switch subs to Tele2 network

16 Oct 2014

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) intends to offer small cells in Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan between now and 2016. With a radius of up to 150m and working in the 2600MHz band, the operator intends to connect the small cells to its fibre-optic network in order to offload Long Term Evolution (LTE) traffic from its mobile base stations. No financial details of the plan were disclosed, but the operator says the upgrade will increase the speed and capacity of the LTE network LTE, as well as improving radio coverage in areas of high traffic flow. The first phase of the project will kick off in the capital with other areas to follow soon after.

Russian group Rostelecom has commenced work on the expansion of its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) in Zavodoukovsk, in Tyumen region, providing coverage to around 1,000 households by the end of this year. Telecompaper writes that the operator has also embarked on GPON upgrades in Kushva in the Yekaterinburg region, with over 4,500 homes set to be passed my mid-2015, while Lobanovo in the Perm region will be covered by the end of next year.

Regional mobile operator ETK, formerly controlled by Rostelecom, says it will be automatically switching its subscribers to the network of Tele2 Russia from 23 October. Users will be able to retain their existing mobile number, it says. The move is part of the agreement signed by Tele2 Russia and Rostelecom to set up a new mobile joint venture T2 RTC Holding.

Russia, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Rostelecom, Tele2 Russia