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Press Release -- January 11th, 2012
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks
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MegaFon customers to enjoy enhanced mobile services

Moscow, Russia – January 11, 2012

Operator selects Nokia Siemens Networks to improve network performance, energy efficiency and prepare for LTE

Customers of MegaFon in Moscow will soon enjoy new services, faster, more reliable connections and improved coverage with better network performance. The leading operator in Russia has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN (radio access network) platform to modernize its GSM network in the Moscow region. This platform will improve network performance, energy efficiency, and reduce capital and operating costs for MegaFon. In addition, the multi-technology platform paves the way for a smooth transition to Long Term Evolution (LTE) providing 4G services.

“We wanted to further improve the quality of service for our customers with the existing network. We also wanted to make our network LTE-ready, so that we will be able to launch ultra-fast mobile broadband services cost efficiently in the near future,” said Andrey Kurdanov, director of MegaFon - Moscow branch. “We found Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single Radio Access Network platform fulfilling all these requirements. In addition, the company’s multi-band platform will allow us to roll out LTE services, efficiently utilizing different frequency bands. This will help us position ourselves as an innovation leader in the country.”

“Constantly improving the quality of experience by providing improved speed, network coverage and new data-intensive services is very important for operators such as MegaFon. What is equally important is doing so cost effectively with flexible, scalable, energy-efficient radio access network,” said Alexey Podryabinnikov, head of customer team MegaFon at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our radio access platform allows more data to travel faster, and is future proof to help MegaFon get the most out of its investments today and tomorrow.”

Under the modernization contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Single RAN platform based on its award-winning, compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station*. This platform will replace MegaFon’s existing radio access platforms, including UltraSite, MetroSite and Flexi EDGE base stations from Nokia Siemens Networks. This multi-technology platform is able to run GSM, High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and LTE, and can be defined to roll out a particular technology with a simple software update.

For more information, including a video overview, on Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile broadband capabilities, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #mobilebroadband.

About MegaFon

OJSC MegaFon is the all-Russian universal communications operator running its business in all segments of the telecommunications market. MegaFon was established in May 2002. MegaFon became the first and the only operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. The Company and its subsidiaries have all the required licenses and operate in all the Russian regions and the Republic of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon was the first in Russia to launch 3G for commercial operations and is currently Top 1 in the segment of mobile Internet, and Top 2 as to the number of active subscribers in Russia.

Having acquired Synterra Group of Companies, one of the leading Russian backbone operators, in June 2010, MegaFon entered the market of fixed-line communication for government and corporate customers as well as fixed Broadband market. The combined infrastructure of MegaFon and Synterra is present in all the Russian regions, forming the basis for GSM 900/1800, 3G, VSAT, IP/MPLS, NLD/ILD networks, data and call centers connected to all players of telecommunication market.

In 2009, MegaFon became the General Partner of the XXII Winter Olympic Games and XI Paralympic Games in 2014 in Sochi.

As of June 30, 2010, the principal shareholders of MegaFon are companies of AF Telecom Holding group, the TeliaSonera group and Altimo telecommunications holding.

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Talk about Nokia Siemens Networks’ news at http://blogs.nokiasiemensnetworks.com and find out if your country is exploiting the full potential of connectivity at www.connectivityscorecard.org

Media Enquiries

Nokia Siemens Networks
Irina Bizyaeva
Communications, Russia
Phone: +7 495 737 2112
E-mail: Irina.bizyaeva@nsn.com

Media Relations
Phone: +358 7180 31451
E-mail: mediarelations@nsn.com

MegaFon
Pavel Larin
PR Manager
Phone: +7 926 503 17 00
E-mail: pavel.larin@megafon.ru

Notes:

*Nokia Siemens Networks’ Flexi Multiradio Base Station builds on the company’s market-leading Flexi platform, and opens a smooth evolution path from GSM and 3G to LTE. With a simple software upgrade, it can run GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE concurrently in a single unit. It also offers up to 70% improvement in power saving compared to cabinet-based sites, used earlier. The company has already shipped its LTE-capable Flexi Multiradio Base Station to more than 200 operators globally.

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