Alcatel-Lucent and Synterra will deploy Russia’s first Universal WiMAX networks. The project will be conducted in cooperation with regional telecom operators to provide WiMAX access throughout the country.
Deployments will cover many towns and cities with an average population of 100,000 inhabitants. First regional WiMAX networks should be operational in Q4 2007. Synterra – which holds a national license – intends to partner with operators in order to cover more than 1,000 Russian cities and towns by end of 2008.
Alcatel–Lucent was the winner of the tender announced by Synterra in May, for the delivery of WiMAX infrastructure – based on the latest IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards. The new networks will be deployed by regional operators in the 2.5 GHz spectrum band.
“Synterra is pioneering the introduction of WiMAX services in Russia, and is the first company to deploy the large-scale project in cooperation with regional service providers. Thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s most advanced WiMAX solution our service provider partners will soon be able to offer a wide range of useful and cutting-edge broadband services to their subscribers in urban and rural environments,” said Vitaly Slizen, General Director of Synterra. “We see Universal WiMAX as a key technology to support our plan to expand broadband coverage throughout Russia.”
“This new project with innovative service provider Synterra is a tangible sign of the technological and economic benefits of Universal WiMAX in high-growth markets such as Russia, and represents a major step toward the deployment of high-capability wireless broadband solution in the market,” said Johan Vanderplaetse, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in the CIS.