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Russia tunes in to LTE

MegaFon, Nokia Siemens Networks conducted next generation mobile broadband (4G) data call during the IX International Investment Forum Sochi 2010

(PresseBox) (Espoo, ) MegaFon, Russia's largest network operator together with Nokia Siemens Networks, showcased a next generation mobile broadband (4G) data call at the IX International Investment Forum Sochi 2010. The high-speed LTE data transmissions were conducted on Nokia Siemens Networks' proven, commercial end-to-end LTE system.

The call demonstrated peak rates of up to 100 Mbps. It was conducted using Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi Multiradio Base Station, along with Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network elements Flexi NS (Networks Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) with unique 4D scaling. Nokia Siemens Networks also provided the necessary network planning, installation and integration for the solution showcase.

"We are committed to offering the best telecom services to the people in Russia and this call brings us one step closer to commercial LTE rollouts in the country," said Tigran Pogosyan, deputy CEO for Strategic Projects, MegaFon. "Given the tight timelines for the project, Nokia Siemens Networks has done a commendable job in proving its technology leadership and excellence in support services."

"MegaFon aims to be at the forefront of new technology deployment and specifically chose the Sochi event to showcase LTE technology in use," said Kristina Tikhonova, general director, Nokia Siemens Networks in Russia. "Being a part of the next generation mobile broadband (4G) data call is a proud moment for us, as it marks the beginning of the LTE era in Russia."

Nokia Siemens Networks has been at the forefront of LTE evolution, actively participating in tests and trials for both the paired and unpaired frequency band (FDD and TD-LTE) technologies. The company is well ahead of its competitors in its progress toward early commercialization of both the technologies. It has already made the world's first calls on LTE commercial base stations, incorporating fully compliant LTE Release 8 standard software. Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying some of the world first commercial LTE networks in service.

About MegaFon

OJSC "MegaFon" is the first all-Russian mobile operator in GSM 900/1800 standard. The company was founded in May 2002 as a result of renaming and reorganization of Open Joint Stock Company "North-West GSM" and integration under one brand with CJSC "Sonic Duo" (Moscow), CJSC "Mobicom-Kavkaz", CJSC "Mobicom-Centre", CJSC "Mobicom-Novosibirsk", CJSC "Mobicom-Khabarovsk", CJSC "Mobicom-Kirov", OJSC "MSS-Povolzhie", CJSC "Volzhsky GSM" and CJSC "Uralsky GSM".

License area of OJSC "MegaFon", as well as that of 100% of its subsidiaries, covers the entire territory if the Russian Federation with population over 145 mln.

MegaFon develops its business basing on the principle of maximum satisfaction for its subscribers, fair competition and information transparency.

MegaFon makes use of advanced technologies, providing the company's subscribers new possibilities for communication and work with information. The set of services of high-quality mobile communication unique for the Russian mobile market, is targeted both at both individual and corporate subscribers.

Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

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