Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France), a telecommunications vendor, on Tuesday announced that OJSC Mobile TeleSystems “MTS” (Moscow, Russia), a network operator, has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) networking technology for its optical transport network in metropolitan areas. The project will aim to increase MTS’s network capacity to support 3G services and prepare for LTE technology.
By using WDM networking, it will allow MTS to use its current electronics and fibers, but share those fibers by transmitting different channels at different wavelengths.
Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its WDM networking technology in four federal districts of Russia: Moscow, the north-west, the south and the Volga region and will cover initially the following four cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Rostov and Ufa.
“To prepare our urban transport network for the challenges of data traffic increase due to development of fixed communication networks, 3G and future LTE introduction we looked for a solution capable to support profitable Internet growth while controlling costs and ensuring a quick return on investments,” said Oleg Larionov, Transport network Director at MTS Group. “Alcatel-Lucent leading-edge solution can help us transform our existing network and scale as demand grows.”
Alcatel-Lucent was unable to disclose the amount of money involved in the deal.