MTS to launch 3G in Moscow in 2009

April 16, 2008, Wed 5:18 PM  Telecom

MTS hopes to launch 3G networks in Moscow into exploitation in 2009, says Mikhail Shamolin, MTS vice-president, MTS Russian director, RBC reports. According to Mr. Shamolin, the company should receive corresponding frequencies and prove 3G equipment compatibility with that of the RF Ministry of Defence. A compatibility testing has currently been launched in Moscow. Mikhail Shamolin explains 3G equipment is unlikely to cause noise in the subway and buildings but there are several compatibility issues to be resolved in the streets. He does not exclude the network might be launched in late 2008. We are optimistic, - says MTS vice-president.

Mikhail Shamolin recollects in 2008 3G networks will be launched in several cities, such as Sochi, Kazan, Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg. We intend to launch networks in most Russian cities in the shortest time possible, - he says.

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