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Mobile WiMAX tech deploys in Russia

Posted: 12 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX mobile? Russia wireless Internet? network wireless?

Scartel, provider of high-speed wireless Internet in Russia, is now offering access under the Yota brand and powered by Cisco's latest mobility technologies. Yota's network provides service within the Sadovoye Ring in Moscow and at the Vassilyevsky Island and Petrogradsky District in St. Petersburg. The network will provide a platform for high-speed, 4G mobile services that will help make "on-the-move" broadband access available to more people.

Mobile WiMAX, based on the IEEE 802.16e specification, is a 4G mobile wireless technology that enables high-speed IP-based services for both businesses and consumers who want to access gaming, music, video streaming and transfer large files while on the go. The entire Yota core transport network is powered by Cisco service provider technologies.

"As Russia embraces the digital economy, the nation's broadband connectivity has to improve in parallel both in terms of penetration and bandwidth, and 4G WiMAX is the most efficient way of achieving this," said Dennis Sverdlov, Scartel's CEO.

Cisco is providing Scartel with optical transport based on dense wavelength division multiplexing, a high-speed IP MPLS data network and data center technologies designed to support high-quality video distribution. The network was designed to support the heavy traffic loads required of Scartel's network while offering an economical solution. Cisco demonstrated full interoperability between its WiMAX radio and core network platforms including WiMAX Profile C compliant ASN Gateway on the multi-service 7600 platform.

"Cisco is excited to partner with mobile service providers such as Scartel to offer some of the most comprehensive solutions and equipment to extend broadband beyond the reach of wired networks and improve users' quality of experience," said Sergey Belonozhko, Cisco area manager for mobile. "As Mobile WiMAX continues to grow in popularity, we are working closely with our partners to help them achieve operational readiness in launching new services for their customers' evolving mobility needs."

Scartel is now working on plans to build a nationwide 4G mobile wireless Internet access network across all Russian cities.

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