Moscow to have mobile WiMAX this year

Over 160 WiMAX base stations are expected to be installed in Moscow by the end of this year to support the city's first mobile WiMAX service. Comstar UTS, one of Russia's more prominent operators, has signed a contract with Nortel to supply the base stations in a deal valued at US$20 million. According to Sergey Pridantsev, president and CEO of Comstar UTS, the new network will provide a wide variety of services, and should improve subscriber loyalty and strengthen the company's position in the Moscow broadband Internet access market. "The mobile WiMAX network, which will be added to other broadband Internet access technologies, will allow us to provide a very broad range of telecommunications services to our subscribers in Moscow, whether at home, in the office or on the street."

The construction of the 802.16e network is already underway, with Sitronics acting as the reseller of the Nortel WiMAX equipment and Intellect-Telecom as the project designer. Comstar UTS has 3.6 million residential subscribers and 750 thousand residential broadband Internet subscribers in Moscow. Earlier this week, the company completed a WiMAX network rollout in Armenia--this time using Airspan Networks kit.

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