Siemens and Start Telecom sign agreement to build a WiMax network in Russia to offer commercial services in 2006

October 17, 2005

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MUNICH -- Siemens and Start Telecom have signed a cooperation agreement for the construction of the first commercial broadband wireless access network in Russia based on the WiMAX technology following the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. Under the agreement Siemens Communications will deliver the high-tech SkyMAX solution, including base stations, end devices as well as a NetViewer monitoring and control system. Start Telecom will carry out testing of the Siemens equipment in Moscow and offer commercial WiMAX services to its customers starting from 2006, as broadband Internet access and data transmission at up to 75 Mbps, video-on-demands, video streaming or Voice over IP with a guaranteed level of quality.

The corresponding end device will be delivered by Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices: a residential WiMax Modem Gigaet SE461 that supports a 'plug and play' deployment.

The SkyMAX solution offered by Siemens provides cost-effective last-mile broadband wireless access for end users, small office/home office (SOHO), and small-to-medium-sized enterprises. High capacity due to the use of diverse frequency channels (from 1.75 to 14 MHz) with adaptive modulation up to 64 levels is the distinctive SkyMAX feature. The main advantage of the Siemens solution for wireless operators is its cost effectiveness: one base station can service thousands of users within a line-of-sight distance of up to 30 km.

"We have chosen Siemens as our partner for the implementation of this project in view of the unique functionality and high reliability of the SkyMAX solution," says Pavel Kaplunov, Managing Director of ZAO "Start Telecom". "In the nearest future we expect the WiMAX standard to gain wide popularity owing to the cost reduction of the equipment due to introduction of compatible standardized solutions supported by other manufacturers."

"The construction of Russia's first WiMAX network is a huge step in the development of wireless technologies and the entire telecommunications market, and we are proud that this network will be constructed on the Siemens equipment," comments Christoph Caselitz, President of Mobile Networks at Siemens Communications. "I am sure that WiMAX has good prospects in Russia and very soon the new broadband communication options will become as indispensable as DSL or WLAN today."

Siemens Communications Group

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