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In order to meet the growing demand for greater access to high-speed Internet and data transfers, Russian operator Rostelecom has signed a contract with Ericsson to launch a mobile and content delivery network.


As a result, Rostelecom's 43 million households will have access to converged mobile and fixed services, as well as an enhanced video and media content user experience. The network will support the largest area coverage and customer reach in Russia, covering more than 60% of the population.


It will be built with Ericsson's equipment and mobile solution, including Operations Support Systems (OSS), packet core and radio. Ericsson will install RBS 6000 base stations that support GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and are LTE-ready across 4,000 locations. The network will have a total capacity of 1Tbit per second.

The multi-standard radio base station is a core component of Ericsson's philosophy for network development, providing a cost-effective deployment for the next-generation of high-speed mobile broadband, video and web-application services, while providing subscribers with a quality user experience.

In urban centers such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg, mobile penetration has been as high as 210 percent in recent years. Rostelecom's new network will cover these major cities, as well as Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg.

"The new network will enable us to offer our users a full range of converged information and telecom services in mobile and fixed networks across the country,” says  Ivan Zima, CTO of  Rostelecom.

Robert Puskaric, head of Ericsson's region Northern Europe and Central Asia, says the solution will benefit Rostelecom's subscribers in terms of content quality and speed. “It will also benefit the operator in terms of savings in data transmission and bandwidth, and enable revenue-generating opportunities from new video services.”

With its 143 million people, Russia represents Europe's largest mobile market by mobile connections, reaching 227 million in the first quarter of 2012. In recent years, more subscribers have also gained mobile connections in Russia per quarter than in any other country in Europe.

---- Ericsson

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