Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has signed a framework contract with Siemens to supply a total of $265 M worth of network technology. Under the terms of the contract, Siemens Communications will expand the capacities of the MTS GSM/GPRS mobile networks in Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine over the course of the year.

The strong increase in demand that the company has been enjoying in Russia and the countries of the CIS is necessitating further expansion of its networks. The framework contract with Siemens provides for increasing the capacity of the provider’s radio and switch networks and integrating a platform for Intelligent Network services. To do that, Siemens Communications will be installing additional transmission and receiving systems (base stations) and upgrading the switches with new hardware and software.

“This new contract will enable us to further consolidate our leading position as a supplier of mobile communication infrastructure in this strategic market for us,” stated Christoph Caselitz, president of mobile networks at Siemens Communications.