MTS Russia Selects Intracom Telecom for Mobile Network Modernisation

Russian operator MTS has awarded a US$25 million contract to Intracom Telecom for its ultra high capacity Ethernet radio, UltraLink-FX80.

The duration of the agreement is 2 years and includes network management software and support services, which will be delivered via Intracom’s Moscow-based subsidiary Intracom Svyaz.

MTS Russia, in line with its strategy to deliver superior quality services and high speed 4G connectivity to its customers, has proceeded to further enhancing its mobile network by employing Intracom Telecom’s UltraLink-FX80 ultra high capacity mmWave radio. With this investment MTS addresses in the most efficient way its future wireless backhauling needs for LTE and LTE-A deployment.

The introduction of the state of the art technology of UltraLink-FX80 into MTS backhaul and transport network will enable the delivery of next generation mobile services that will offer 4G+ service speeds reaching and even exceeding 1 Gbps, providing fast Internet surfing and file downloads and uploads, streaming of high definition video and rich multimedia e-services on the ever increasing variety of user mobile devices.

Intracom Telecom’s UltraLink-FX80 employs the latest mmWave integrated transceiver technologies in a compact fully outdoor unit. Offering the highest spectral efficiency, it provides up to 3 Gbit/s full-duplex Ethernet throughputs in a 500 MHz channel for delivering mobile network backhaul services at the lowest cost per Gigabit. UltraLink-FX80 can be easily and flexibly deployed on rooftops, telecommunication towers and even lamp posts. Accommodating Ethernet and CPRI interfaces on the same fully outdoor unit, Ultralink-FX80 can be used in both backhaul and fronthaul applications. Furthermore, its innovative “zero-touch” configuration, using the uniMS SON Manager minimises rollout time and cost, and safeguards against deployment errors.

Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President, Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTS, commented: “The vendor supplies us with variety of innovative equipment and we have selected Intracom Telecom’s Ethernet radio UltraLink-FX80 because it fully meets our key backhauling needs in dense urban areas - the compact all-outdoor multi-Gigabit Ethernet PtP radio platform operates in non-licensing spectrum and demonstrates high capacity for heavy loaded 3G/4G sites. Moreover it is easy to install, flexible in use that also minimises operational costs”.

Athanasios Antoulinakis, General Director of Intracom Svyaz, commented: “The advanced technical and operational features of our new E-Band ultra high capacity system UltraLink-FX80 cover all the current and future requirements of MTS transport network, offering the highest capacities per link that are available in the market today. We are in the unique position to offer to our customers the complete range of MW solutions PtP and PtMP starting from 6 GHz up to 80 GHz while being monitored by the same network Management Suite, uniMS. In this way, Intracom Telecom can vertically respond to any type of wireless backhauling requirement related to 3G, LTE, LTE-A, Macro/ Micro Base stations and Small Cells."

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