ERICSSON SUPPORTING MTS IN 3G ROLL-OUT
Friday, June 01, 2012
We wanted to share with you a great movie Ericsson filmed about the role they played in MTS’s 3G roll-out. Ericsson was one of the vendors that MTS retained to ensure that the ambitious goal of covering 80% of Russia’s populated territory with 3G network is attained within the shortest possible timeframe. MTS obtained its 3G license in 2007, and launched services in major cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow in 2008-2009. Yet the large-scale, nationwide roll-out of our 3G network didn’t begin until the second half of 2010. MTS has since installed 23,000 base stations, covering 14,000 population centers across Russia. The project required mobilization of significant resources within the company since nearly 5,000 employees were actively involved in planning the roll-out, identifying locations for sites, ensuring that proper paperwork was completed, connecting base stations to transport networks and overseeing construction carried out both by our strategic vendors - Ericsson, NSN (Nokia Siemens Networks) and Huawei - as well as their network of subcontractors. NSN focused their efforts on Moscow and Central Russia, Huawei was hard at work in Russia’s Far East while Ericsson - as this video attests - delivered 9,000 base stations across Russia.
The 3G build out continues into 2012 as we aim to reach our goal of 28,000 base stations, but the deployment of the network has already translated into dramatic increases in data traffic - from 70 Mb per user month in Q1 2010 to 455 Mb in Q1 2012. Furthermore, data traffic revenues have doubled during this period.
Click here to view the video on our youtube channel.