Nokia Siemens wins Russian 3G contract

MegaFon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, has announced the results of its recent 3G network tender and at least 60 per cent of the Node B base stations in the new network will be supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks. Other companies involved in the tender process were Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE.

Huawei has been chosen by MegaFon to work with Nokia Siemens Networks on the provision of technical support during the installation of the network and on technical maintenance thereafter. This is the first occasion that MegaFon has used a two-stage tender process, with the first stage being a technical evaluation and the second a comparison of financial metrics.

The initial supply frame contracts are effective until the end of 2010 but can be extended by mutual agreement.

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