Ericsson 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 modernisation deal.
The deal will enable higher speed and capacity rates and prepare the Tele2 network for 5G. The agreement 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.
“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” remarked Sergey Emdin, CEO of Tele2 Russia. “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.”