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Russia's leading operator MTS selects Ericsson for LTE networks development

Jun 20 2013 12:00AM

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* MTS and Ericsson to jointly develop ICT infrastructure in four regionsin Russia

* LTE network will cover approximately half of Russia with Ericsson asMTS's main vendor.

* Ericsson will supply hardware and services for radio access and core networks

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Russia's leading mobile operator MobileTeleSystems(MTS) announced a strategic cooperation to jointly develop ICTinfrastructurefor an LTE network rollout during the 17th St. Petersburg InternationalEconomicForum (SPIEF 2013). Ericsson has been chosen to deploy the LTE network infourregions covering more than half of Russia, thus becoming MTS's main vendor.Thelaunch of LTE by MTS will increase Russia's connectivity and foster thedevelopment of the country's economy.

Under the three-year agreement and starting in Q2, 2013, Ericsson will rolloutLTE in the Siberian, Ural, Volga, and Southern Federal Districts of Russia.Inthe first stage of the project, Ericsson will supply no less than 10,000new-generation products from the RBS 6000 series. We will also supply corenetworkhardware and services in the same regions, as well as in the NorthwesternFederal District. As part of the agreement, Ericsson and MTS will extendtheircooperation to further develop 2G/3G networks in several regions in Russia.

Andrei Dubovskov, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTS Group,says: "We have already established a long-term strategic cooperation withEricsson for network infrastructure development, and now Ericsson willsupportus to deploy next-generation services in major parts of Russia. The regionswehave targeted for 4G service coverage are very important industrial hubswithkey sectors driving the Russian economy: mining, engineering, processingandfarming. There is a very high demand among consumers here - includingcorporatesubscribers - for innovative services and mobile broadband. We intend tostartbuilding 4G networks in Russia in the near future to provide subscribers inapproximately 15 regions in Russia with high-speed data services by the endof2013."

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, says: "We are delighted topartnerwith MTS to build an LTE network covering half of Russia. We are committedtobringing a great LTE experience to MTS customers and having built more than150LTE networks globally, we see the huge effect on society that LTE has had;4Gdrives innovation and service development, and we are thrilled to make itavailable for the Russian market together with MTS."

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The MTS Group

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is the leading telecommunications group in Russia,Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice,broadband, payTV, as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world'sfastest-growing regions. Altogether, the group services over 100 million mobilesubscribers. MTS has been awarded GSM licenses in Russia, Ukraine,Turkmenistan,Armenia and Belarus. More information about the MTS Group can be found atwww.mtsgsm.com

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