SMARTS move by Alcatel in Russia

GSM/GPRS services in Russia' s Povolzhie region are set for expansion now that Alcatel has signed a contract with one of Russia' s key mobile operators, SMARTS, the Middle Volga Inter-Regional Association of Radio-Telecommunication Systems.

GSM/GPRS services in Russia' s Povolzhie region are set for expansion now that Alcatel has signed a contract with one of Russia' s key mobile operators, SMARTS, the Middle Volga Inter-Regional Association of Radio-Telecommunication Systems.

Alcatel will deliver its mobile solutions to extend the SMARTS GSM/GPRS network. SMARTS in turn will optimise existing mobile infrastructure, double its networks subscribers' capacity in the cities of Kazan and Saratov , improve communication quality and accelerate the deployment of new mobile broadband services, such as video streaming, MMS and high speed Internet access.

More specifically, Alcatel will deliver its industry-proven Evolium GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio access solutions, including all elements of the Base Station Sub-system (BSS) as well as capacity extension of the Evolium Mobile Switching Centre (MSC). 

Alcatel's Evolium multi-standard platform natively integrates all GSM-based mobile technologies, from GSM/GPRS to EDGE, 3G/UMTS and HSDPA, and allows all solutions within one single piece of equipment, to upgrade existing networks. Alcatel solutions are also intended to optimise CAPEX, decrease OPEX and receive a quick return on investment, which SMARTS qualifies as a key factor for any fast-growing operator." 

* Alcatel's presence in the Russian Federation has evolved to the extent that its equipment is currently installed in more than 40 cities.

** SMARTS, one of Russia 's leading mobile operators, was founded in 1991 and offers GSM900/1800 mobile communication services to over 2.6 million subscribers. Its current network covers 16 regions of Russia .

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