China’s ZTE Corp has won a contract from Russian national fixed line operator Rostelecom representing a 70% share of a first-phase access network modernisation project, based on ZTE’s Multi-Service Access Network (MSAN) solution supporting copper line speed-boosting technologies including VDSL. The second stage of Rostelecom’s project will implement higher-speed technologies such as G.fast and G.vectoring, which are currently undergoing tests by the telco.
A ZTE press release states that Rostelecom ‘urgently needs an integrated access platform that both inherits traditional services and provides high speed broadband services. The platform improves speeds of the existing copper network and supports high bandwidth for new services, including 4K/8K video and potentially AR/VR.’ The release adds: ‘The harsh climate in most areas of Russia brings stringent requirements for equipment performance. ZTE equips its products with lithium batteries that last [a] long [time] in low-temperature environments, and provide customised outdoor cabinets that are cold-resistant, water-proof, moisture-resistant and dust-proof to guarantee internet reliability and stability.’