MOSCOW, Oct. 10 // -- Nortel(x) (NYSE/TSX:NT) is providing Golden Telecom, a leading Russian operator of integrated telecommunications services, with a solution for launching a mobile WiMAX field trial in Moscow based on Nortel 4G technology.
The Moscow trial is one of the steps in Golden Telecom's strategy aimed at satisfying the growing demand from private and corporate customers in Russia for anywhere, anytime Internet access and fast mobile communications services such as VoIP, email and multimedia applications.
"Mobile WiMAX is at the forefront of next-generation mobility," said Sorin Lupu, president Eastern Europe, Nortel. "Advanced OFDM-MIMO will be the foundation for all future wireless technologies and - in a short number of years - I'm sure we'll find that all computers, PDAs and other mobile consumer devices will be wireless-enabled. In the short term, Golden Telecom's mobile WiMAX trial is a significant step towards providing Moscow's citizens with 'always on' communications available when and where they want them, through whatever device. And, in the longer term the experience from the Moscow trial and implementation can be used to speed delivery of mobile WiMAX into other cities where Golden Telecom has a presence."
Mobile WiMAX is an efficient solution for metropolitan areas such as Moscow where the population density of more than 9,000 per square kilometer makes it cost-efficient to install WiMAX base stations and equipment where each base station can potentially handle hundreds, even thousands of users.
Mobile WiMAX based on 802.16-2005 standard is currently defined by WiMAX Forum in the 1.5, 2.3, 2.5, and 3.5GHz frequency band profiles with more expected to come, and can deliver speeds of 1-10 mbps and higher. The Nortel Golden Telecom trial will provide a connection speed range of between 1 Mbps and 25 Mbps for each user which means extremely fast, in seconds rather than minutes, content downloads. Golden Telecom decided to trial the Nortel solution because of Nortel's advanced MIMO antenna technology which is capable of making the most efficient use of available spectrum, boosting throughput, significantly reducing operating costs and enabling a better user experience.
Nortel is one of the industry leaders in 4G Mobile Broadband based on its development of OFDM and MIMO. Nortel has been instrumental in driving standards in IEEE, WiMAX Forum, 3GPP and 3GPP2 with major contributions. Nortel developed OFDM-MIMO expertise over the past eight years and holds key patents in the technology. Nortel is a member of the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led organization that promotes interoperability and certification of wireless products for delivery of faster, more affordable data, voice and video services to business and consumers.
About "Golden Telecom" (www.goldentelecom.com):
"Golden Telecom, Inc." (NASDAQ: "GLDN") is a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS"). The Company offers voice, data and Internet services to corporations, operators and consumers using its overlay network in major cities including Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Alma-Ata, and Tashkent, and via intercity fiber optic and satellite-based networks, including approximately 287 combined access points in Russia and other countries of the CIS. The Company offers cellular communication services in Kiev and Odessa.
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