Earlier MTS and VimpelCom have agreed on joint construction and operation of LTE networks in 36 regions to reduce capital and operating costs.
MOSCOW, 14 Oct. MTS and “VimpelCom” (brand “Beeline”) are discussing the possibility of expanding the project to joint construction and operation of networks, said the press Secretary of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov.
The company in December 2014 have agreed on joint construction and operation of LTE networks in 36 regions to reduce capital and operating costs.
“We plan to expand the number of regions that will operate this project. Now we are negotiating”, — said Solodovnikov. According to him, the number of regions can be extended in five Federal districts: far East, northwestern, Volga, Siberian and Ural. The number of regions is now confirmed.
Solodovnikov said that under the current agreement, which envisaged the construction of 3 thousand base stations, the company has expanded the program by about 200 base stations.
Signed in December, the contract stipulated that in the years 2014-2016 MTS provides the construction of a jointly operated networks in 19 regions, VimpelCom in 17 regions. The head of “VimpelCom” Mikhail Slobodin said at the time that due to the joint use of networks of operators will be able to save about 25-30% of the capital and about 50% of operating costs.
The agreement is for seven years, during which time the operators will provide each other base station, platforms, infrastructure and resources of the transport network in these regions. While companies are able to build an independent network for the development of the individual LTE coverage. This agreement became the first in the Russian market.