MTS picks NSN for network upgrade in Ukraine, Turkmenistan

Russian operator MTS has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks to modernise and expand its networks in Ukraine and Turkmenistan.

The upgrade will allow for better coverage, enhanced voice quality and faster data speeds. MTS is also deploying additional 3G base stations in Turkmenistan.

“We are launching a project to upgrade MTS networks, which will modernise networks in Ukraine and Turkmenistan by the end of 2014, extend mobile broadband coverage and increase capacity,” said Andrew Ushatsky, CTO at MTS Group.

Under the contract, the core network elements deployed include NSN’s Mobile Softswitching (MSS) systems and Multimedia Gateway (MGW) to handle MTS’ voice and multimedia services. The NetAct network management system will be upgraded to monitor, manage and optimise the complete network.

The scope of the deal also includes a complete range of services, such as network implementation, planning and optimisation, systems integration and a full set of care services comprising hardware, software and competence development services.

“To manage the continuing growth in mobile broadband demand and deliver the best possible quality of service, operators need to upgrade and optimise their networks, while maintaining cost efficiency,” says Sergei Cherepnin, MTS Ukraine and Belarus customer team head at NSN.

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