Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS), Russia's largest mobile operator has contracted NEC Corp. to provide its iPASOLINK EX, outdoor, integrated, ultra-compact microwave communications system supporting 70-80 GHz band communications (E-Band). This innovative all-outdoor radio solution will allow MTS to reduce the time to deploy mobile transport networks and ensure uninterrupted operations in extreme weather environments.

iPASOLINK EX is a compact, lightweight system that occupies a small footprint and is easy to install throughout a wide range of outdoor areas. NEC's pioneering solution supports a high modulation method (256 QAM), enabling very high 1.6 Gbps transmissions using narrow bandwidth (250 MHz) communications.

"Our customers are used to high quality services. MTS introduces advanced technical solutions on a regular basis to provide our clients with premium communication services while meeting growing services consumption demand. iPASOLINK EX fully meets our capacity transmission, capability and reliability requirements. NEC's microwave equipment is able to work even in severe weather conditions in any region of Russia – from Kaliningrad to Chukotka," said Sergey Galtsev, Head of Infrastructure Development Department at MTS.

In the coldest months of the year the average temperature in Chukotka ranges from -15°C to -45°C, rising to +5°C to +14°C in the summer months. While the most extreme temperatures on record in Kaliningrad range from -33.3°C to -36.5°C.

"Our successful relationship with MTS started more than 12 years ago and we are once again very proud to be entrusted to help MTS build an innovative network," said Akihiro Sakurai, Managing Director, NEC Neva. "We will continue supporting MTS and their commitment to delivering a superior mobile-broadband experience to their subscribers."