Russian provider readies capacity for transition to 4G/LTE

One of the largest mobile operators in Russia is set to implement high-capacity microwave systems and services to its network. Tele2 Russia, the country’s number four operator with over 20 million subscribers, has ordered solutions from Ceragon Networks to help it provide high-capacity wireless backhaul in 15 of the 37 Russian regions that it covers.

Since 2010, Tele2 Russia has been deploying new cellular networks throughout Russia. The additional systems will enable it to serve more subscribers in a wider geographical area, adding more capacity to the regional networks. Ceragon’s systems will continue to backhaul voice and data traffic for mobile telephony and broadband Internet access applications throughout the regions.

The solutions will allow the operator to seamlessly transition to a 3G and 4G/LTE network at a later date, offer a cost-effective and risk-free migration path from legacy systems to an all-IP network.

“Ceragon’s solutions and expertise made it possible for us to get our networks up and running rapidly, enabling us to provide our subscribers with reliable, cost-effective service,” said Ritvars Krievs, CTO of Tele2 Russia.  “As a result, we were able to monetize the services we offer to customers very quickly, and achieve a positive return on our investments.”  

Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon, said: “The systems enabled Tele2 to add capacity to their networks and provide cost-effective, premium services to new subscribers very quickly.”

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