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MTS selects Alcatel-Lucent for end-to-end LTE trial in Ukraine

This summer, Alcatel-Lucent will conduct an LTE trial for mobile operator MTS-Ukraine. The aim is an end-to-end solutions incorporating LTE base-stations and IP service routing as well as basic operational systems.

MTS-Ukraine, the Ukrainian mobile operator and wholly-owned subsidiary of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to conduct a Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial which will begin in the second half of 2010.

Alcatel-Lucent will be leveraging its LTE expertise to provide an end-to-end solution including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and IP service routing network elements as well as operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) systems. Alcatel-Lucent will provide a range of professional services including project management, planning, installation, integration and commissioning, and testing.

"This agreement allows us to extend our long-standing partnership with MTS, enabling Alcatel-Lucent to play a prominent role in the company’s network transformation and LTE projects. We consider this agreement to be a strong endorsement of Alcatel-Lucent’s...strategy in the area of mobile broadband solutions and efficient high-performance IP-based networks," commented Alexander Tikhonov, Alcatel-Lucent’s Vice-President for the CIS.

Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solution is leveraged in the majority of LTE projects being pursued by tier 1 operators around the globe, including in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

"We embrace innovation that...is a recipe for success," said Andrei Dubovskov, Head of MTS-Ukraine. "LTE is a logical next step in the development of high-speed data transmission services. The launch of the trial LTE solution will enable us to assess the benefits of 4G technology not just in theory but through real practical experience."

* MTS-Ukraine’s network covers approximately 97% of the territory and 99% of the population in Ukraine. It provides services to more than 17.56 million subscribers. MTS-Ukraine is licensed to provide mobile services using the GSM-900/1800 and CDMA-450 standards, as well as fixed-line services.

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