MegaFon and Nokia Siemens to offer faster mobile broadband in Russia

MegaFon is building a country-wide IP mobile backhaul network to reduce costs, increase network capacity and ensure smooth migration from legacy technology to an all-IP transport platform. The operator has signed up Nokia Siemens Networks in one of Russia’s most significant systems integrator deals.


MegaFon is building a country-wide IP mobile backhaul network to reduce costs, increase network capacity and ensure smooth migration from legacy technology to an all-IP transport platform. The operator has signed up Nokia Siemens Networks in one of Russia’s most significant systems integrator deals.

In related news, MTS, Russia’s largest mobile operator, is partnering with Tellabs and local telecom solutions provider Intracom Svyaz to meet the network demand caused by a predicted 86% growth in Russian data traffic by 2015. Recognizing the need to boost the mobile backhaul and transport elements of their network, MTS has selected the Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System to support delivery of 3G mobile data services across Russia. Tellabs is now designated as a strategic supplier to MTS.

At MegaFon, Tellabs is part of the team led by Nokia Siemens that is helping deploy mobile backhaul. MegaFon, established in May 2002, is the first and the only operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. The company and its subsidiaries operate in all the Russian regions and the Republic of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan.

“We aim to build a unified mobile backhaul to facilitate faster rollout of 3G services such as HSPA and prepare a converged IP transport network for fixed and mobile services for millions of people in Russia,” said Valery Ermakov, first deputy to general director for operations (Chief Operations Officer), OJSC MegaFon. “Nokia Siemens Networks’ expertise in system integration, coupled with the best and highly scalable equipment from Tellabs and complemented by Juniper Networks, will enable us to build a cost-efficient, LTE-ready network. This will help us keep pace with the exponential increase in the data traffic while significantly reducing our capital costs.”

“The increasing use of bandwidth-intensive applications is creating capacity bottlenecks for operators, and existing networks cannot cope with the situation,” said Joe Doering, head of Nokia Siemens Networks business in across the region. “Our resilient and scalable all-IP mobile backhaul is a cost-efficient platform that will enable MegaFon to deliver competitive mobile broadband services, and enable universal access to network resources for both fixed and mobile users.”

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing MegaFon with its smart mobile backhaul offering, along with a range of professional services such as network design, project management, implementation and care over a period of two years. This includes integration of Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System, the Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router Series and the Tellabs 8000 Intelligent Network Manager, along with Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and EX Series Ethernet Switches. These items provide a seamless migration path from legacy technology to a highly-scalable all-IP transport network.