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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NeoPhotonics Opens in Moscow

NeoPhotonics, a supplier of photonic integrated circuits based in San Jose, California, has opened a sales and R&D office in Moscow and servicing the Russian Federation and the broader eastern European market.

Last year, NeoPhotonics completed a private placement investment with the Russian sovereign fund investor RUSNANO.

Monday, April 29, 2013

NTT Com Expands Data Center Service to Moscow

NTT Communications will begin offering data center services in Russia via IXcellerate’s Moscow One carrier-neutral data center in Moscow, beginning with colocation services in May.

IXcellerate’s newly completed facility offers premium enterprise-class data center services.  NTT Com Russia will integrate and expand its network, cloud and hosting services in the Russian market via this facility.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

VimpelCom Exits Cambodia

VimpelCom has sold its entire indirect stake in Sotelco Ltd. in Cambodia to its local partner, Mr. Huot Vanthan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Jo Lunder, Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, commented: "We have previously outlined our Value Agenda within which our operations are reviewed to assess their future value to the Group. The decision to sell our interest in Cambodia is a result of this process.  We are happy that our long term partner in the company now takes control of the business in Cambodia."

VimpelCom, or its invested partners, currently serve 214 million mobile subscribers on a combined basis in the following countries:  Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

MTS and VimpelCom Bid to Acquire Tele2 Russia

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, and VimpelCom announced a joint bid to acquire Tele2 Russia, a subsidiary of Tele2 AB, for between US$ 4.0 - 4.25 billion, including US$1.15 billion of net debt.  This represents a premium of up to 30% for Tele2 AB and its shareholders relative to the equity value of the recently announced offer from VTB Capital.

In a letter to Tele2 AB, the CEOs of MTS and VimpelCom, write, "We
would like to express our strong interest in providing an alternative offer to the shareholders of Tele2 AB and we think this is a distinctly more attractive proposal.  We remain convinced that we can create vastly superior value for your shareholders and would be prepared to enter into discussions immediately with the aim of being able to conclude a transaction within a short timeframe and hence deliver the sort of transaction certainty we imagine Tele2 would be seeking."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Moscow's Akado Telecom Selects Infinera

Akado Telecom , a major multi-service cable network operator in the Moscow region, has selected Infinera's DTN and ATN optical transmission platform for its metro optical network.

Akado Telecom 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.

The Infinera DTN platform, powered by 100 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs), is designed to scale up to 6.4 Tb/s of transmission capacity per fiber today and support services with speeds up to 100 GbE. The Infinera ATN, a scalable WDM transport platform with multi-service aggregation, brings the intelligence and integration of the Infinera Digital Optical Network to the metro edge.

"The new solution we implemented offers us a flexible next generation DWDM network and intelligent tools to rapidly deploy additional bandwidth resources,” said Vitaly Klishin, business development director at Akado Group. “As one of the first service providers in Russia to offer 100 GbE services, we are committed to continuously satisfying the needs of over 3,500 enterprises, 350 service providers, and over 12,000 state organizations, and will further innovate our backbone network in 2013.”

Thursday, February 14, 2013

VimpelCom Awards 5-year Managed Services Deal to Ericsson

VimpelCom awarded a five year managed services contract to Ericsson covering network operations on VimpelCom's behalf at more than 10,000 sites, as well as overseeing more than 10,000km of optical transport cables and an extensive fixed network across Siberia and the Urals in Russia. Over 400 VimpelCom employees spread over 41 locations across Siberia and the Urals will be transferred to Ericsson in April.

Ericsson will be responsible for network operations and field maintenance for active and passive network components, for the operator's mobile, fixed and transport networks.

"This agreement meets VimpelCom's long-term plans in strategic programs to increase operating efficiency. The transfer of network maintenance and support to Ericsson will allow us to more effectively optimize costs and network management. Similar projects have already become standard practice in the world, and we are actively supporting this trend, as we see the effectiveness of this model with examples of global operators. We are confident that the knowledge and experience of Ericsson in the extended network service and support, will allow us to maximize our focus on business development, improve the quality of services for our customers and provide additional quality services"- said Anton Kudryashov, General Director of Joint Stock Company" VimpelCom."

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies 100G for Moscow Cable TV

Russia’s largest cable TV operator, National Cable Networks (NCN), part of the OJSC Rostelecom group has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 100G technology to support higher levels of traffic across its Moscow network due to the installation of public safety video surveillance cameras.

NCN will use its network to carry video feeds from the surveillance cameras installed in porches, courtyards and other public places, to the Moscow Department of Information Technology’s data processing center.

Alcatel-Lucent supplied 100G network infrastructure spanning both IP/MPLS and optical domains, including 100G transponders on the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (1830 PSS).

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Russia's MTS Deploys ECI Telecom's Apollo Multi-Layer Transport for 100G

MTS, the leading mobile operator in Russia, has deployed ECI Telecom's Apollo Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platforms to extend the existing ECI’s DWDM backbone, enabling all advanced services, including 100G.

The project links Moscow and Saint Petersburg.  With more than 1,000 km, it has been operational since 2003, with both 2.5G and 10G.  By adding Apollo OMLT shelves with 100G cards in add/drop points, MTS can leverage the already installed XDM shelves.

Specifically, MTS has deployed the Apollo OPT9624 to expand its cross-country DWDM backbone based on ECI optical platforms. The new Apollo DWDM network will enable MTS to provide advanced high capacity, long reach 100G services. It includes connection between core routers with 100G link.

"According to our forecast the penetration of smartphones in our network will reach 60% by the end of 2015; launches of LTE networks in Russian regions will force the mobile traffic growth; implementation of fixed line internet and its usage growth will increase the volume of data traffic in our backbones at 6-10 times. At the moment the volume of everyday traffic exchange between Moscow and Saint Petersburg is over 1 Petabyte and we are building the high-performance system of backbone lines sequentially enhancing its capacity to supply the demand in data exchange in long-term perspective," stated Andrey Ushatskiy, Vice-president, Group CTO, MTS

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Russia's Kvant Telecom Picks Ekinops for 100G

Russia's Kvant Telecom has selected Ekinops' optical transport equipment to provide coherent 100G transmission between Moscow and the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. The 100G service is deployed over an existing DWDM system. Kvant will now be able to offer 100G services for its diverse domestic and international customers.
Kvant Telecom, founded in 2007, has more than 1,500 kilometers of fiber and more than 100 nodes throughout eastern Russia. Ekinops' flagship next-generation optical transport platform - the Ekinops 360 - provides DWDM and CWDM (dense and coarse wavelength division multiplexing) on a single platform for metro, regional, and long-haul applications. It handles service rates from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps. It offers a broad portfolio of services, including SONET/SDH, Fibre Channel, FICON, video, Ethernet, and Infiniband. It can be configured as a 100G transponder or 100G muxponder for aggregation of 10G services into 100G.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Level 3 Connects NATO-Russia Council Air Traffic Monitoring

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has selected Level 3 Communications to install and maintain an IP Virtual Private Network (VPN) to be used by the NATO-Russia Council Cooperative Airspace Initiative (NRC CAI).

The joint NRC will have a 24/7 capability to monitor air traffic, thereby enhancing airspace transparency between NATO and Russia.   Level 3 said its network will connect a range of NATO monitoring facilities and enable real-time display and observation of commercial airspace activities.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mirantis Raises $10 Million for OpenStack

Mirantis, a start-up based in Mountain View, California with offices in Russia and Ukraine, raised $10 million in venture funding for its OpenStack systems integration work.

Mirantis' goal is to make a vendor-agnostic OpenStack cloud simple and predictable for service providers, SaaS vendors, and enterprises.

Mirantis was an early OpenStack advocate, since the open source project was introduced in 2010 and recently joined Dell and Intel as founding members of the new OpenStack Foundation. Boris Renski, Mirantis co-founder and executive vice president,was elected to the board of the Foundation, which provides leadership to the community and guidance over development efforts.

The company said it will remain true to its focus of providing a vendor-neutral implementation of OpenStack, free of lock-in hooks or proprietary packaging.

The funding came from Dell Ventures, Intel Capital and WestSummit Capital.

“We believe that OpenStack is on its way to becoming a universal control plane for the entire application infrastructure fabric,” observed Adrian Ionel, president and CEO of Mirantis.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MegaFon Makes IPO Debut

MegaFon, which is Russia's second largest mobile operator, raised US$1.7 billion (£1.4bn) from an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Russia’s MICEX – RTS.  About 15 per cent of the company was sold.  Teliasonera still holds about 25% of the firm and Mr. Alisher Usmanov controls over 50% through holding companies. The shares were priced at $20 and declined after the opening to close at $19.60.

MegaFon currently serves about 63 million subscribers. In addition to its GSM 900/1800 network in Russia, MegaFon also has subsidiaries in Tajikistan, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Russia's VimpelCom Selects Cisco ASR 5000

VimpelCom has selected the Cisco ASR 5000 mobile multimedia core platform as a core element of its 3G mobile network and as a foundation for its 4G LTE development in key regions, including St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don. The project is implemented by CTI, a Cisco Gold Certified Partner in Russia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

YOTA Activates LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation on Moscow Base Stations

YOTA Networks has activated LTE-Advanced on its commercial LTE network in Moscow.

For the project, Huawei supplied its end-to-end SingleRAN LTE/EPC solution for LTE-Advanced (3GPP rev10).  The deployment uses Carrier Aggregation to provides downlink peak rates of up to 300Mbps, depending on the capacity of the radio channel.

YOTA said LTE-A is deployed on 11 base stations.  The company expects the first devices supporting LTE-A to be on the market in the second half of 2013.

“We are proud to be selected as a partner of YOTA Networks and we fully intend to support YOTA in the launch of their most advanced services yet. To date, Huawei has realized a large number of commercial LTE projects across many countries, and the launch of the first test LTE-A network in Moscow is a major step in the development of mobile broadband access markets around the world," stated Sergey Varyukhin, Key Account Department Vice President for Huawei in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Russia's MegaFON Readies IPO

MegaFon, which is Russia's second largest mobile operator, is preparing plans to launch an initial public offering of its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Russia’s MICEX – RTS. 

MegaFon currently serves about 63 million subscribers. In addition to its GSM 900/1800 network in Russia, MegaFon also has subsidiaries in Tajikistan, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Russia's VimpleCom Picks Procera for Policy Enforcement

VimpelCom has deployed Procera’s PacketLogic platforms in nearly 43 cities throughout Russia to provide network visibility, analytics, optimization and bandwidth management.

VimpelCom, in conjunction with technology system integrator Jet Infosystems, performed operational and laboratory testing using Procera’s PacketLogic Intelligence Center (PIC) solutions to gain “live” traffic analytics for their extensive network, and found that over 50% of broadband resources were being consumed by peer-to-peer file sharing. The two companies used the results of this research to design a solution that specifically meets VimpelCom’s unique requirements.

The European operator implemented a number of Procera’s IPE platforms and PacketLogic Intelligence Center (PIC) solutions including several PL10000 series platforms, PL 8000s, and PICs plus bypass switches for additional network resilience and availability. The PL10000 series platforms provide up to 120Gbps of throughput in a single system and can scale up to 2Tbps in a multi-system.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Huawei Wins Big Managed Services Deal with VimpelCom Russia

VimpelCom Russia, one of the world's largest integrated telecom operators, awarded a five year contract to Huawei to manage its integrated telecommunications network. VimpelCom will transfer an estimated 1,300 employees to Huawei, which will then take complete responsibility for the multi-vendor, multi-technology fixed and mobile networks, which cover the Volga and the Far East. The scope of work includes end-to-end network management, including multi-vendor operations and maintenance, field operations, 24/7 network assurance and spare parts management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"By transferring the network operation and exploitation to the Huawei, with its considerable experience and expertise, VimpelCom will achieve several important targets. The first is increasing efficiency and quality of network management, which will improve the service level for end-users in the mass market, as well as in the business segment. The second is optimizing business-processes and cost savings through the realization of the projects such as this partnership with Huawei, part of our strategic program to increase operational efficiency. The business-model of transferring network operation and exploitation to a third party is a common global trend today and we are glad that we are leading the Russian market in this sphere. We are certain that this large-scale cooperation with Huawei will strengthen our position and help us to achieve our targets," said Anton Kudryashov, Head of the Russia business unit and General Director of OJSC VimpelCom.

Huawei described the contract as a important milestone on the development of its Managed Services business.  The company noted other recent Managed Services contracts it was won across many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Singapore. Huawei now has more than 240 managed services contracts in over 60 countries around the world, with a compound growth rate of more than 70% for the past six consecutive years.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Russia's VimpelCom Picks Ciena for National Optical Network

VimpelCom has selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for the upgrade and expansion of its national optical network. The upgraded network spans over approximately 10,700 km, including major routes from Moscow - Urals and Urals - Siberia and the southern part of the Western Russia network (the ‘Big European Ring’), as well as the construction of a 100G network in the far eastern part of the country.

The core network will support the roll-out of VimpelCom’s LTE network in Russia.

The upgrade will use Ciena’s 40G/100G coherent technology.

Ciena noted that its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform can operate over existing fiber and amplifier chains, reducing the need for regeneration, and enabling scalability of up to 8.8 Terabits per second on a single fiber pair.


Monday, September 3, 2012

GSA: HD Voice Launched on 45 Mobile Networks

Mobile HD Voice services based on Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband technology (W-AMR, standardized by 3GPP) are now commercially launched in almost 60% of EU member countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Altogether,  HD Voice services are commercially launched on 45 GSM, 3G/HSPA and LTE mobile networks in 35 countries and territories: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong S.A.R., India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, The Netherlands, Poland, RĂ©union, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, and UK.

Mobile HD Voice services are offered by competing operators in 10 markets – Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and UK,

More than 80 HD Voice enabled mobile phones are launched by many leading manufacturers, including products for professional broadcasters. Many new phone models are delivered with HD Voice (W-AMR) activated as default. Demand for HD Voice is increasing and many operators are working to maximize HD voice handset availability.

"The number of operators offering commercial HD Voice service has increased by 40% in under a year. Initially HD voice service was offered on HSPA networks, followed by GSM. HD voice is now market reality on LTE systems with the first wave of commercial VoLTE service launches announced in South Korea," stated Alan Hadden, President of GSA.

Russia's MTS Faces Seizure of Network in Uzbekistan

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems is facing confiscation of its assets in Uzbekistan as a result of a tax dispute with local authorities.  According to news reports, MTS company officials have been arrested and the company's networks have been seized.  In a statement, MTS said these actions are occurring in breach of international legal norms.