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MegaFon strengthens collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks to offer a rich mobile Internet experience to its subscribers

(PresseBox) (Espoo, Finland / Moscow, Russia, ) MegaFon extends its cooperation with Nokia Siemens Networks for the supply of 2G GSM/EDGE infrastructure and network and service management solution. Under the agreement worth 320 million Euros signed between the two companies, Nokia Siemens Networks will also supply its cutting edge WCDMA/HSPA technology and related 3G Core network upgrades to the regions of Russia.

The agreement covers future network extensions and supplies, including GSM/GPRS/EDGE, as well as WCDMA/HSPA solutions from Nokia Siemens Networks. This is a three-year frame agreement until the end of 2010.

The state-of-art next generation mobile network supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks to be constructed in the selected regions will offer subscribers a rich internet experience that will support speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s with the possibility of further increase up to 14 Mbit/s. This will become a platform for MegaFon portfolio of next generation data services.

Nokia Siemens Networks will also deliver related Services, including network implementation and integration services, project management, competence development training for MegaFon’s staff, and technical support services.

"As the leading GSM mobile operator in Russia, MegaFon is determined to invest in advanced infrastructure. This extension shows our commitment to offer superior services to our customers. Nokia Siemens Networks is a partner that understands our vision and has technological expertise and deep experience to help to achieve our goal", says Alexei Nichiporenko, First Deputy of MegaFon’s CEO.

"We have been working closely with MegaFon for over a decade and are very pleased with the extension of our cooperation. We are looking forward to supporting MegaFon to enhance the coverage and quality of its advanced service offering and thus strengthen its leadership in the Russian telecom landscape," says Kristina Tikhonova, Head of CBT MegaFon, Nokia Siemens Networks.

About MegaFon OJSC

«MegaFon» is the first all-Russian mobile operator in GSM 900/1800 standard. The company was founded in May 2002 as a result of renaming and reorganization of Open Joint Stock Company «North-West GSM» and integration under one brand with CJSC «Sonic Duo» (Moscow), CJSC «Mobicom-Kavkaz», CJSC «Mobicom-Centre», CJSC «Mobicom-Novosibirsk», CJSC «Mobicom-Khabarovsk», CJSC «Mobicom-Kirov», OJSC «MSS-Povolzhie», CJSC «Volzhsky GSM» and CJSC «Uralsky GSM». MegaFon shareholders are: «Telecominvest» , OJSC «CT-Mobile», Sonera (Finland) and Telia (Sweden). License area of OJSC «MegaFon» , as well as that of 100% of its subsidiaries, covers the entire territory if the Russian Federation with population over 145 mln. The quantity of subscibers of the Company on results of January, 2008 exceeds 36 million people.www.megafon.ru
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