Monday, October 20, 2014
MTS recently launched an initiative to dramatically increase speeds of our networks in major cities through the deployment of small cells.
Small cells are low powered short range base stations which complement service from larger macrocells and are used to offload traffic from 3G and LTE networks. We plan to install thousands of small cells in areas where demand is strongest for mobile Internet, including business centers, shopping malls, airports, railway stations, parks, pedestrian areas, and even busy crossroads. This will enable us to enhance the capacity of our LTE networks and ramp up data transfer speeds. Small cells with an operating range of 100-150 meters active in the 2.6 Ghz range will connect to MTS’s fiber-optic lines and offload traffic from LTE networks.
In the summer of 2014, MTS launched pilot projects for testing small cells in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Small cells installed in the areas of concentration of the subscribers delivered a 10% increase in coverage and a 20% increase in network capacity and consumed traffic. Following the success of the pilot projects, we decided to continue the roll-out of small cells in Moscow and St. Petersburg and deploy them in other big cities in Russia, including Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod and Kazan.
In order to further increase capacity and LTE speeds, MTS also is preparing to deploy carrier aggregation technology. Earlier this year, MTS became the first company in Russia and the third company globally to have completed testing of carrier aggregation technology over 30 MHz of bandwidth spanning the 1800 MHz and the 2600 MHz ranges.
Currently, MTS’s LTE networks are active in 56 regions throughout Russia. Through the end of this year, MTS will cover 600 population centers across Russia.