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Press Release -- August 28th, 2013
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks
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MTS picks NSN for network upgrade in Ukraine, Turkmenistan

Modernization, expansion of operator’s networks to improve user experience

MTS customers will soon enjoy a superior mobile broadband experience, with better coverage, enhanced voice quality and faster data speeds, thanks to the modernization and expansion of its networks in Ukraine and Turkmenistan. MTS is also deploying additional 3G base stations in Turkmenistan. Nokia Solutions and Networks will provide the core network elements, radio access and services for these upgrades.

“We are launching a project to upgrade MTS networks, which will modernize networks in Ukraine and Turkmenistan by the end of 2014, extend mobile broadband coverage and increase capacity,” said Andrew Ushatsky, CTO at MTS Group. “It is a challenge to install and integrate new equipment into our existing network, without disrupting end user services. I am sure that our specialists in cooperation with NSN’s experts will ensure a swift execution of this project, thus improving the quality and safety of voice and internet services for our customers.”

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 optimize the complete network.

NSN will also deliver its Single RAN* (radio access network) platform, based on the energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station**. The multi-technology platform will help modernize a large part of the existing sites. Additionally, the company will deliver its Multicontroller Platform for the 3G Radio Network Controller (RNC), 2G Base Station Controller (BSC) and related 2G Transcoder (TC). The Multicontroller Platform will further increase the flexibility and efficiency of MTS’ single radio networks.

The scope of the deal also includes a complete range of services, such as network implementation, planning and optimization, 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 optimize their networks, while maintaining cost efficiency,” says Sergei Cherepnin, MTS Ukraine and Belarus customer team head at NSN. “NSN will help MTS meet these aims profitably, providing superior data and voice services to its customers today while preparing its network for tomorrow’s challenges”.

For more information on NSN’s mobile broadband capabilities, including a video overview, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion with @NSNtweets on Twitter using #mobilebroadband.

About MTS

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 100 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 200 million. Since June 2000, MTS' Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at www.mtsgsm.com.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.
www.nsn.com

Media Enquiries

NSN
Irina Bizyaeva
Head of Marketing and Communications, Subregion Russia
Phone: +7 (495) 737 2112
E-mail: irina.bizyaeva@nsn.com

Media Relations
Phone: +358 7140 02869
E-mail: mediarelations@nsn.com

MTS
Dmitry Solodovnikov
Media relations, OJSC “MTS”
Phone: +7 (495) 766 0025
E-mail: pr@mts.ru

Notes:
* NSN’s Single RAN simplifies mobile network architecture, rollouts, and operations by providing multiradio networks with a common hardware platform. It has an industry-leading track record in refarming GSM frequencies to new efficient technologies such as HSPA+ and LTE using the same radio frequency hardware. Single RAN consists of the award-winning, multi-technology, compact, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio Base Station and the multi-technology Multicontroller RNC/BSC platform combined with common IP transport and innovative software to optimize the use of radio spectrum.

NSN’s Single RAN and its evolution Single RAN Advanced has been adopted by over 230 operators worldwide and has over 80 re-farming references today, including the world’s first WCDMA refarming network implementation in 2007.

** NSN’s award-winning, multi-technology, compact, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio Base Station enables innovative, high-capacity and energy- efficient base station sites. It boasts a 70% improvement in power consumption compared to a traditional cabinet based site. More than 230 operators use our Flexi Multiradio and Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations globally.

*** NSN is a leader in the commercialization and innovation of Long Term Evolution (LTE), serving millions of LTE subscribers in commercial FDD-LTE and TD-LTE networks worldwide. In fact, we are a supplier to close to 60 commercial LTE operators which account for 45% of all LTE subscribers. Our unique track record is based on award-winning platforms like the multi-technology, compact, modular and weatherproof Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and the ingenious Liquid Radio LTE Software Suite and Smart Scheduler to maximize performance and optimize the use of radio spectrum.

NSN’s Global Services enable operators to safely move towards LTE with the highest quality possible and ensure fast and reliable network rollouts with end-to-end network integration to Customer Experience Management. Our industry-leading Security solutions enable operators to provide secure subscriber services while our Network Planning and Optimization services support a smooth transition with Refarming Services, LTE Planning, iSon Services, LTE Optimization and Services for VoLTE.

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