Russian mobile operator MTS announced the launch of its 3G network in commercial operation in Moscow.
In January 2010 the company will increase coverage and will continue to introduce new segments. Before the end of January 2010, MTS expects to have more than 300 base stations for 3G.
On 29 December MTS received permission to commission the first fragment of the street 3G network, consisting of 197 base stations.
Initially the 3G network will cover the central part of the city within the boundaries of the Third Ring Road, the main business districts of the capital, key highways and transportation hubs within the Moscow Ring Road.
In December MTS received permission to install 783 base stations in UMTS standard in the streets of Moscow. In May MTS received permission to launch a network within the buildings of Moscow, in the largest business centres and public places in the capital, as well as stations and spans of the Moscow metro.
The volume of traffic transmitted on the MTS 3G network in Russia increased in the third quarter compared with the first two quarters of the year by 40 percent. Area coverage has increased 2.3 times since the beginning of the year. Investments of MTS in development of 3G networks in Russia in the period from 2008 to 2009 will amount to USD 700 million.