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Ericsson to transform Tele2 Russia network towards 5G

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  • Ericsson Radio System to drive Tele2 network transformation in Russia
  • Deal spans Tele2’s infrastructure across 27 regions in Russia – including Moscow and St-Petersburg 
  • Five-year deal part of Tele2’s goal to launch 5G in Russia
Press release
Feb 26, 2019 13:34 (GMT +00:00)

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Tele2 Russia to upgrade its network with the 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System, including software. More than 50,000 base stations will be deployed across the country as part of the five-year network modernization deal.

The deal will enable higher speed and capacity rates and prepare the Tele2 network for 5G.

The deal was signed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona by Sergey Emdin, CEO of Tele2, and Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson Russia.

Under the terms of the agreement, the parties will cooperate to implement technological solutions on Tele2’s infrastructure across 27 regions in Russia – including Moscow and Saint Petersburg – to meet constantly growing data traffic demands.

Sergey Emdin, CEO of Tele2 Russia, says: “Mobile traffic in networks will continue to grow exponentially. We are deploying a high-quality network based on advanced equipment while taking into account the increasing data volumes and technological changes in the industry. Before launching 5G networks, Russia must first address several infrastructure issues. However, when all barriers are overcome, new networks will be built faster than LTE, partly owing to existing infrastructure. This would be possible only with Ericsson’s cutting-edge technology. We are sure that Ericsson’s experience, expertise and market-leading portfolio will allow us to upgrade our network to meet loads and gear up for the launch of 5G.”

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson in Russia, says: “Tele2 is an important strategic partner. We understand that their subscribers have high expectations on mobile connection speeds. Advanced 4G networks and 5G communication technologies provide the data throughput required. Ericsson’s commercial equipment and software for wireless communications support 5G technologies and we can deploy new functionality as soon as Russian regulators make the necessary decisions on frequencies, enabling operators to provide relevant services.”



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About Tele2
Tele2 started operations in Russia in 2003 when it launched GSM network in several regions. Over this time the company has turned from a small regional mobile operator into a federal player. In 2013 Tele2 opened a new page in its history. Today Tele2 has operations in 65 Russian regions including Moscow and Moscow Region. As of 2017, Tele2’s subscriber base totals 40.6 mn.

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