Showing posts with label Russia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Russia. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Russia's MTS and Ericsson Demo 25G in 5G testing

MTS, a major telco in Russia and the CIS serving over 100 million subscribers, and Ericsson announced that during trials of 5G technology they achieved claimed record data transmission rates of up to 25 Gbit/s using a portable prototype of a smartphone, representing an advance on previous 5G trials that involved only stationary devices.

The testing was conducted by Ericsson and MTS at the Opening Arena stadium in Moscow, where a base station operating in the range of 14.5 to 15.3 GHz transmitted a signal to a portable prototype of a subscriber' device at the speeds of up to 25 Gbit/s. During the trials, MTS and Ericsson tested 5G technology in a range of scenarios requiring high bandwidth and low latency, such as 4K video streaming, virtual reality services and remote robot control over a mobile network.

The latest trials featured technologies including:

1.         Multi-user and massive MIMO with an array of transmit-receive antennas, including serving multiple subscribers in one sector of a cell over the same frequency band.

2.         Beam tracking, designed to provide user devices with a stable, reliable connection and the optimum throughput performance when on the move.

3.         Dynamic TDD, which enhances the data transfer rate and efficiency of wireless network resource utilisation by dynamically redistributing the bandwidth when transmitting traffic in the downlink and upstream channels.

Ericsson noted that the trials were conducted as part of its strategic partnership with MTS established in December 2015. Under the agreement, Ericsson and MTS planned to cooperate on 5G R&D in Russia, encompassing areas including spectrum studies of the next generation network and implementation of a test system.

Subsequently, in June 2016 the companies tested LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed), demonstrating the aggregation of two frequency bands, 10 MHz in the 1800 MHz band of LTE and 20 MHz in the unlicensed 5 GHz band at WiFi access points, demonstrating data rates of 200 Mbit/s.


Also in June last year, the companies signed a 3 year agreement for the supply of software for the modernisation of the MTS network, to include implementing IoT technology and testing extended GSM technology (EC-GSM-IoT).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

VimpelCom Russia selects Nokia to Manage Fixed, Mobile, Transport Networks

Nokia and Russian communications and technology company VimpelCom, which services over 58 million mobile and 2.2 million fixed broadband customers through the Beeline brand, have signed a five-year agreement under which Nokia will become the main provider of managed services for operator's fixed, mobile and transport network operations.

Having previously been responsible  for managing services on VimpelCom's network in central Russia, under the new agreement Nokia will extend its responsibility to managing VimpelCom's 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks that are based on a range of equipment from different vendors. Specifically, field maintenance work will be carried out by Nokia for VimpelCom in the Southern, North Caucasian and Central regions of Russia, including in Moscow.

By consolidating and transforming its network operations, VimpelCom is aiming to benefit from more efficient networks and more streamlined operations, faster time to market and lower operating costs. VimpelCom also expects to enhance service quality for its more than 58 million mobile and over 2 million fixed broadband customers in Russia.

Under the agreement, Nokia will also provide network planning and optimisation services, network implementation, project management and network support via its global delivery hub located in Voronezh in the south west of Russia.

VimpelCom/Beeline in Russia is a part of Amsterdam-based telecom group VEON, the company having announced it was changing its name from VimpelCom to VEON on February 27, 2017. VEON serves over 235 million customers worldwide in countries and regions including Russia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Algeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Huawei Marine Builds Cable Linking Kamchtka-Sakhalin

Rostelecom has authorized Huawei Marine to begin the construction of a 900-km submarine fiber cable connecting Kamchatka and Sakhalin.

The construction represents the second phase of the Far East cable system that connects the regions of Kamchatka-Sakhalin-Magadan.

Phase One connecting Sakhalin – Magadan was completed in 2015 along with the land-based  telecommunication network on the Kamchatka peninsula. This terrestrial network connects to the submarine cable in the area of Ust-Bolsheretzk, from where the submarine cable is buried beneath the seabed as it crosses the Okhotsk sea, connecting Ust-Bolsheretzk in Kamchatka with Okha residential point in Sakhalin.

http://www.huaweimarine.com/marine/marine/commonWeb.do?method=showContent&webId=487
http://www.rostelecom.ru/projects/FarEast_FOCL/

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ericsson Lands Big Upgrade Contract with VimpleCom

VimpelCom, which serves more than 200 million mobile and broadband customers across Russia and 13 other countries, has selected Ericsson to transform its global IT infrastructure. Ericsson valued the deal at more than US$1 billion.

Under the partnership, Ericsson will undertake a complete overhaul of VimpelCom's IT infrastructure across 11 countries and 12 time zones.  Ericsson said the project's scale is the largest and most ambitious in the industry's history.

VimpelCom will digitalize and globalize its Business Support Systems (BSS) infrastructure using Ericsson's new software and cloud technologies. The Digital Stack will accelerate product and service development, while the delivery and use of near real-time analytics, will allow greater personalization of services for customers. In addition, a simpler user interface will also enhance the customer experience on all levels.

Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, said: "This marks a fundamental milestone in our transformation as we move ahead with our strategy to turn VimpelCom into a true digital pioneer. The new Digital Stack will help us better respond to our customers while also centralizing and simplifying our business, creating lean and agile operations that will result in a more efficient cost structure across our global footprint."

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, said: "In a fully connected world, success for operators requires performance, flexibility and efficiency. Ericsson's unique BSS as a service concept, combed with our leading services and technology capabilities, will support VimpelCom in realizing these ambitions while positioning the company for further growth as ICT transforms industries everywhere."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.vimpelcom.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

MTS and Ericsson to Showcase 5G at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Ericsson signed an MOU on 5G research and deployment in Russia, including spectrum studies of the next generation network and the building of a test system. The project will support a dialog with government regulators concerning the bands being targeted for 5G and requirements for next generation systems.

The companies said their partnership will also lead to implementation of 5G-related technologies in MTS' network, such as Ericsson Lean Carrier and the use of unlicensed spectrum, and other technologies that use the design concepts Ericsson is developing for 5G.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1975090


Russia's MTS Picks Ericsson for LTE


Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) selected Ericsson to deploy its LTE network in four regions covering more than half of Russia, thus becoming MTS's main vendor. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the three-year agreement and starting in Q2, 2013, Ericsson will roll out LTE in the Siberian, Ural, Volga, and Southern Federal Districts of Russia. In the first stage of the project, Ericsson will supply no less than 10,000 new-generation products...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Russia's MegaFon Picks Nokia for LTE

MegaFon awarded a seven-year contract to Nokia Networks to upgrade its nationwide network in Russia.

Under the deal, Nokia Networks will supply its Single RAN technology for greater capacity, higher data rates and low latency. Subscribers in Moscow, Central and Caucasus regions will be first to enjoy the LTE services.

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/megafon-selects-nokia-networks-to-build-its-4g-lte-network

http://www.megafon.ru/

Monday, August 25, 2014

Moscow's Akado Telecom Deploys Infinera DTN-X

Akado Telecom (Akado), a major multi-service cable network operator in the Moscow region, has upgraded its backbone network with the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform.

The upgrade supports 100G and boosts Akado's total fiber capacity by more than four times, enabling rapid delivery of high capacity services. Akado provides a full range of advanced communication services based on its own fiber-optic network, which extends more than 18,000 kilometers. Akado's multi-service network provides high-speed residential Internet access, voice services, and cable TV services, as well as a broad range of enterprise services for businesses and government entities.

Infinera said its DTN-X platform enables Akado to rapidly deliver reliable, high-speed networking services. The Infinera DTN-X features 500 Gbps super-channel capability.   When combined with Infinera's Instant Bandwidth, Akado can activate bandwidth on demand in 100 Gb/s increments to rapidly deliver services to its customers faster and with lower costs.

"Deploying the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network allows Akado to dramatically increase the capacity on our metro backbone to support the growing demand in Moscow and Moscow region," said Vitaly Klishin, Senior Vice President at Akado Group. "With this solution we can rapidly scale network capacity to deliver reliable 10G, 40G and 100G services to meet the needs of both B2B and B2G customers of Akado Telecom, including banks, service providers and government organizations."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.akado-telecom.ru

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Russia's AM4R Satellite Lost at Launch

The Russian Satellite Communication Company's Express-AM4R, which was to be Russia's most powerful communications satellite to date, was lost approximately nine minutes following launch aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The satellite, which was built by Astrium and insured for about US$225 million, carried 63 transponders providing X-band, C-band, S-band, L-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band capacity along with 10 antennas installed. Its mission was to provide Internet access across a wide swath of Russia from 80°E.  AM4R was commissioned to replace AM4, which was also lost on launch in 2011.

http://www.astrium.eads.net/
http://eng.rscc.ru/

In August 2011, the Russian Satellite Communications Company lost contact with the $265-million Express AM-4 satellite shortly after launch aboard a Proton-M rocket from Kazakhstan. The Express AM4, based on Astrium's Eurostar E3000 satellite design, is the largest of the Express satellites so far. IT is equipped with a total of 63 active transponders in L-, C-, Ku- and Ka-bands and 10 antennas, both fixed and steerable. Its mission is to deliver digital TV, Internet and telecom services for eastern Russia. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Russia's MTS Tests VoLTE on Telco Cloud with NSN

MTS, the leading operator in Russia and CIS, completed the first Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a telco cloud infrastructure using Nokia’s technology and expertise. Nokia said the end-to-end testing, conducted in the operator’s live LTE network, was the first such trial to leverage the virtualization of service and control functions in the core network, including its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Telephony Application Server (TAS) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS). The company’s Cloud Application Manager provided automated deployment and management of all cloud applications. MTS used Nokia’s commercial portfolio and a cloud management system that controls the VoLTE applications in MTS’s private telco cloud.

“VoLTE and telco cloud are principal technologies that will help us address new business opportunities and deliver a superior voice experience to our customers,” said Andrey Ushatskiy, chief technical and IT officer at MTS Group. “This live implementation of virtualized VoLTE with our long-standing partner, Nokia, is an important proof-of-concept and shows our commitment to offering our customers the most advanced voice services possible. We expect that the compound annual growth of mobile data traffic will reach 79% by 2020 and have to prepare our networks to deliver a quality mobile broadband experience to our customers.”

“We are delighted to join forces in this pioneer project supporting MTS’s demonstration of voice services using LTE in a telco cloud,” said Kristina Tikhonova, Head of East region, Networks. “We have the most comprehensive VoLTE solution on the market and our goal is to support operators’ migrations of voice and messaging traffic to LTE. With this demonstration, we further underscore that we are commercially ready and able to do this.”

http://www.nokia.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cisco Supplies 100G to Russia's Bashinformsvyaz

Bashinformsvyaz JSC, one of the largest service providers in the Urals region and in Russia at large, has deployed the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in key traffic nodes.

As a result, new coherent transponders were installed on DWDM-network multiplexors, ensuring data transmission at the rate of 100 gigabits per second per wavelength. Cisco said this type of transponder features a 100 Gigabit Ethernet client interface for user equipment; it is capable of transmitting data at a distance up to 4,000 km without intermediate Optical-to-Electronic-to-Optical regeneration. Along with the above, Cisco ASR 9000 routers were upgraded with line cards featuring 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces; these were connected to 100 Gbps DWDM transponders. This allowed building a high-speed trunk line scalable to 4 Tbps, connecting major cities of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Additionally, traffic grooming and optimization have been performed to enable more efficient utilization of the existing infrastructure; due to deep integration of IP and optical levels, reliability and survivability of the company's backbone network were dramatically increased.          

"Upgrade of the backbone network segment to 100 Gbps helps ensure a huge margin of safety, and efficient and scalable data transport infrastructure required to maintain further network growth and telecom services development within this area. It is very important to notice that implementation of 100 Gbps channels did not require any alterations of the existing DWDM network built some years ago for 10 Gbps speed capacity; our engineer staff was directly involved in those works. This allowed minimizing the deadlines and costs, completing works without interfering with existing services, as well as enriching ourselves with this precious experience of such a large-scale project,” stated Rustam Yanyshev, first deputy general director, CTO, Bashinformsvyaz.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/rss.html
http://www.bashtel.ru/

Monday, November 18, 2013

VimpelCom Russia Joins DT's Internetwork Packet Exchange

VimpelCom Russia has established a peering interconnection with Deutsche Telekom's IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange), a next generation network service for the transfer of various IP-based services between operators and different types of service providers (mobile, fixed network, Internet access), both domestically and internationally.

DT said its exchange give VimpelCom's Beeline service the technical ability to connect to other operators faster, thus ensuring Beeline's consumers of worldwide interoperability, reliability, and guaranteed quality of service.

http://www.vimpelcom.com
http://www.telekom-icss.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Russia's TransTeleCom Launches 100G with Cisco

TransTeleCom (TTK), one of Russia’s largest telecom operators, announced the commercial launch of its 100G Ultra Long Haul (ULH) DWDM network in the St. Petersburg-Moscow and Moscow-Chelyabinsk-Yekaterinburg segments.

The coherent optical technology increases the backbone network capacity from 40 to 100G per optical carrier. The network uses Cisco's optical technology.

Launch of the segments with a total length of over 3000 km completes the first stage of the company’s project to create a national 100G ULH DWDM network. The operational segment amounts to about 20 percent of the whole TTK 100G network under construction.

“TTK’s backbone network is the most advanced in Russia and is a crucial part of the country’s essential telecom infrastructure; its constant development and extension is of utmost importance not only for the company, but also for the whole communications market. We are pleased to cooperate with TTK in this project, and I’m sure that it will be long-term and productive,” stated Bill Gartner, vice-president, High-end Routing and Optical Group, Cisco.

TTK's main shareholder is Russian railways.

http://www.cisco.com

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Russia's Rostelecom Selects Infinera DTN-X

Rostelecom, the largest nationwide telecommunications operator in Russia, has selected Infinera's DTN-X platform based on 500 Gbps coherent super-channel technology to extend the reach of its transport IP/MPLS network. Deployments are underway.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rostelecom serves more than 100 million subscribers in 80 regions throughout Russia, offering cutting-edge fixed and mobile telephony, broadband access, television, and cloud solutions to consumers and businesses.

Infinera said its Intelligent Transport Network technology gives Rostelecom the flexibility to offer a wide range of 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services.  Infinera’s 500 Gbps super-channel technology provides high-speed service delivery and high scalability for the multi-terabit transport network. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X with photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, also allows Rostelecom to reduce operating costs by offering network automation capabilities, multi-layer convergence and high reliability.

“Being the largest telecommunications provider in Russia, Rostelecom sees the need to respond to immense growth of traffic volumes in a quick and proactive manner,” says Ivan Zima, Senior Vice-President for network development at Rostelecom, OJSC. “We are happy to embrace the challenge of the dynamic and ever-growing market together with Infinera.”

"We are seeing ever increasing demand for our Intelligent Transport Network solution globally," said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. "Our innovative 100G solution, uniquely delivering 500 Gbps super-channels, provides operators like Rostelecom a solution that delivers on scale, speed and flexibility, allowing them to use time as a weapon to differentiate in their market."

http://www.infinera.com

Monday, September 2, 2013

NEC Supplies LTE Microcells to Russia's Scartel

NEC Neva Communications Systems will supply its LTE microcell base stations to Russian mobile operator Scartel (Yota).  The first installations have begun operating in Scartel's LTE network across major cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar and Sochi.

NEC said its LTE microcell base stations provide the ability for multiple operators to provide services simultaneosly. NEC's LTE base stations are also equipped with a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) capabilities, enabling base stations with different radii of coverage to work in unison.  The units also support Self-Organizing Network (SON) functionality for facilitating the coexistence of products manufactured by multiple vendors within the same network.

Raymond Armes, Managing Director of NEC Neva, underlined the effectiveness of NEC's solution: "Our microcell base stations have demonstrated excellent results in terms of automation and energy saving, which consequently helps operators using our technology to reduce both CAPEX and OPEX. This latest partnership will enable us to expand our contributions to Scartel's network."

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201308/global_20130830_01.html

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Russia's Scartel to launch VoLTE with Huawei

Huawei reports that Scartel, a Russian mobile operator, has successfully implemented VoLTE (voice over LTE) with its SRVCC (Single Radio Voice Call Continuity) solution. Following implementation of the solution, Scartel is now technologically capable of supporting voice calls on its LTE network.

SRVCC enables LTE voice call handover in 2G/3G networks.

Huawei provides an end-to-end network solution for Scartel that covers the radio access network, Circuit Switch (CS) core network, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and Huawei’s Ascend P1 smartphone.

http://www.huawei.com


  • Earlier this month, MegaFon announced plans to acquire Scartel for approximately US$1.8 billion.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Russia's MTS Picks Ericsson for LTE

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) selected Ericsson to deploy its LTE network in four regions covering more than half of Russia, thus becoming MTS's main vendor. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the three-year agreement and starting in Q2, 2013, Ericsson will roll out LTE in the Siberian, Ural, Volga, and Southern Federal Districts of Russia. In the first stage of the project, Ericsson will supply no less than 10,000 new-generation products from the RBS 6000 series. We will also supply core network hardware and services in the same regions, as well as in the Northwestern Federal District. As part of the agreement, Ericsson and MTS will extend their cooperation to further develop 2G/3G networks in several regions in Russia.

"The regions we have targeted for 4G service coverage are very important industrial hubs with key sectors driving the Russian economy: mining, engineering, processing and farming. There is a very high demand among consumers here - including corporate subscribers - for innovative services and mobile broadband. We intend to start building 4G networks in Russia in the near future to provide subscribers in approximately 15 regions in Russia with high-speed data services by the end of 2013," stated Andrei Dubovskov, President and CEO.

http://www.mtsgsm.com
http://www.ericsson.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

VimpelCom Goes Live with the NetCracker OSS

VimpelCom has deployed NetCracker OSS for a single view of its fixed and mobile networks. The project was delivered as part of VimpleCom’s initiative, aimed at increasing operational efficiency through consolidation of IT systems and optimization of IT infrastructure. The companies said the deployment has enabled VimpelCom to achieve a dramatic decrease of the number of inventory systems.

NetCracker’s OSS solution provides VimpelCom with an up-to-date, end-to-end view of over 500,000 interconnected equipment units located on the company’s 45,000 sites and 85,000 customer premises as well as a deep insight into the entire network topology. In addition, NetCracker OSS allows for deeper integration with the company’s other support systems. This enhanced functionality greatly increases the efficiency of VimpelCom’s fulfillment and assurance processes and reduces OpEx and operational complexity. With this implementation, NetCracker’s OSS solution is planned to be the core platform for inventory and fulfillment.

NetCracker is a division of NEC.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Russia's Avelacom Builds 100G Moscow-London Route with Alcatel-Lucent

Russia-based Avelacom announced will expand its 100G optical backbone network from Moscow to London using Alcatel-Lucent’s Agile Optical Networking technology. The deployment uses 100G DWDM on Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (1830 PSS) platform.

The route enables Avelacom to provide low cost, high-capacity and low-latency connectivity between Russia’s two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and cities in the Baltics, Scandinavia and Western Europe.  Alcatel-Lucent Channel Partner Maintrac, headquartered in Linkoping Sweden, is providing turnkey installation, provisioning and maintenance.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Monday, May 27, 2013

Telefónica and MegaFon Form Global Strategic Partnership

Telefónica and MegaFon, a leading Russian universal telecommunications operator, have established a strategic partnership. The carriers hope to achieve cost savings in equipment purchases via joint procurement.  MegaFon and Telefónica will also exchange technological know-how.

Under the Agreement Telefónica will provide services to multinational corporate clients using MegaFon’s network and similarly MegaFon business customers will have access to services when abroad.

MegaFon will join Telefónica’s Partners Programme, which enables telecommunications operators to work together and to benefit from Telefónica’s scale and knowledge.  Telefónica's programme already includes equity partners such as China Unicom and Telecom Italia, as well as other members.

Currently Telefónica and its Partners provide services to customers in 52 countries with a population of 1.5 billion people.

 “Joining Telefónica’s Partners Programme is in line with MegaFon’s long term strategy focused on efficient growth, mobile Internet service development and enhancement of the customer experience. This Agreement enables us to work with the best international professionals to use their experience in improving quality of services, customer relationship management and in new product development," stated Ivan Tavrin, Chief Executive Officer of MegaFon.

http://www.telefonica.com

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

RASCOM and Ciena Light First 100G Link from Russia to Western Europe

Russia's RASCOM is deploying Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for a 100G upgrade of a route connecting Russia to Western Europe. This critical international network provides RASCOM’s wholesale and enterprise customers with a fully redundant ring architecture supporting cross-border traffic and the region’s first 100GE services.

RASCOM operates a 8,600 km next-generation international network covering key geographical areas for cross-border traffic. The recently expanded international network is based on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and includes WaveLogic 3 coherent processors. It connects Moscow to Western Europe through St. Petersburg and the Nordic countries and is fully redundant, including a ring topology linking Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Copenhagen. The network is believed to be the first 100G route connecting Russia to Western Europe.

http://www.ciena.com

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