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NEC's LTE Microcells Deployed in Russia

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MOSCOW -- NEC Corporation today announced a new deal between NEC Neva Communications Systems and Russian mobile operator Scartel (Brand;Yota), which will see LTE microcell base stations used to provide commercial services in Russia for the first time. NEC’s LTE microcell base stations have begun operating in Scartel’s LTE network across major cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar and Sochi.

In order to facilitate the efficient spread and expansion of LTE and effectively utilize frequencies in Russia, mobile operators are interested in supporting the MOCN (Multi-Operator Core Network) that makes it possible for multiple operators to provide services while sharing the same base station. NEC’s base station is equipped with this function and by incorporating its own unique technology of radio resource management, it contributes to lower LTE equipment investment and operation costs for operators.

Installing the microcell base stations in urban areas – where data traffic is notoriously heavy and commercial services have already been launched – will enable Scartel to increase network capacity and provide stable LTE services to its customers.

NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701)

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9/3/2013 | 1:09:25 PM
Dear old NEC
Dear old NEC. Are they EVER going to make a REALLY serious commitment to the cellular infrastructure market?

They've been holed up in Japan making base stations for DoCoMo et al for 25 years now. Every once in a while they make a timid foray out into the international market, only to then pull their horns back in again.

In the last couple of years, they've conceded the plucky, innovative, outsider role to Samsung in cellular infrastructure. So why bother making a commitment like this in Russia when they're unlikely to be willing to follow through with resourcing many other wins elsewhere?

Isn't it time to either do something REALLY big? Or else forget base stations altogether and concentrate on point to point microwave ?

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