MTS Deploys ECI Telecom’s Apollo 100G Solution in Russia

  MTS Deploys ECI Telecom’s Apollo 100G Solution in Russia

-- By extending the existing DWDM network, MTS brings to market more bandwidth
                       and services to the customer --

Business Wire

PETACH TIKVAH, Israel -- January 29, 2013

ECI Telecom, a global provider of next-generation network solutions, today
announced that MTS, the leading mobile operator in Russia, has deployed ECI’S
Apollo Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platforms to extend the existing
ECI’s DWDM backbone, enabling all advanced services, including 100G.


  *Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) is the leading telecommunications group in
    Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice,
    broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of
    the world’s fastest growing regions.
  *The project links Moscow and Saint Petersburg. With more than 1,000 km, it
    has been operational since 2003, with both 2.5G and 10G. By adding Apollo
    OMLT shelves with 100G cards in add/drop points, MTS can leverage the
    already installed XDM shelves, saving time and money while enabling new
  *The Apollo OMLT is part of ECI’s 1Net framework for addressing our
    customers’ challenges in their day-to-day operation and strategic
    directions. Both Apollo and the XDM are managed by ECI’s LightSoft®
    Network Management System, enabling end-to-end provisioning, simplified
    operations and faster time to market.


ECI‘s platforms bring a cost-effective and advanced core solution for MTS’
backbone network. MTS has deployed the Apollo OPT9624 to expand its
cross-country DWDM backbone based on ECI optical platforms. The new Apollo
DWDM network will enable MTS to provide advanced high capacity, long reach
100G services. It includes connection between core routers with 100G link.


“We are facing the challenge to provide our customers quality and high-speed
data exchange while its volume grows every year. According to our forecast the
penetration of smartphones in our network will reach 60% by the end of 2015;
launches of LTE networks in Russian regions will force the mobile traffic
growth; implementation of fixed line internet and its usage growth will
increase the volume of data traffic in our backbones at 6-10 times. At the
moment the volume of everyday traffic exchange between Moscow and Saint
Petersburg is over 1 Petabyte and we are building the high-performance system
of backbone lines sequentially enhancing its capacity to supply the demand in
data exchange in long-term perspective.”
Andrey Ushatskiy, Vice-president, Group CTO, MTS

“With about 100 million mobile subscribers, MTS is able to edge ahead with
100G capabilities in one of the main telecom links in the country. The Russian
market faces one of the fiercest competition today in the world, and by
leveraging the deployed XDM network, MTS can migrate to advanced services more
cost-effectively and with faster time to market.”
Boris Mirkin, Head of Russia and CIS Business Unit, ECI Telecom


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ECI Telecom delivers innovative communications platforms to carriers and
service providers worldwide. ECI provides efficient platforms and solutions
that enable customers to rapidly deploy cost-effective, revenue-generating
services.Founded in 1961, Israel-based ECI has consistently delivered
customer-focused networking solutions to the world’s largest carriers. The
Company is also a market leader in many emerging markets. ECI provides
scalable broadband access, transport and data networking infrastructure that
provides the foundation for the communications of tomorrow, including
next-generation voice, IPTV, mobility and other business solutions. For more
information, please visit

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC ("MTS") is the leading telecommunications group in
Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, offering mobile and fixed voice,
broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the
world's fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group
services about 100 million mobile subscribers. The Group has been awarded GSM
licenses in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that
boasts a total population of more than 230 million. Since June 2000, MTS'
Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol
MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at

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Sandra Welfeld
Corporate Communications, ECI Telecom
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