Nokia Siemens Networks and Micran to create a JV in Tomsk
In September 2011, Nokia Siemens Networks and Tomsk Research and Manufacturing Company Micran will sign an agreement on creation of a joint venture for production of 4G LTE base stations, Micran General Director Viktor Gunter said.
In March 2011, Nokia Siemens Networks, Micran, Rusnano, and Tomsk Region Administration signed a letter of intent on production of 4G LTE base stations in the Tomsk Special Economic Zone.
The plan is to set up a manufacturing facility on the Southern Site of the Tomsk SEZ in two stages. At the first stage, the premises of the SEZ Engineering Center will be used as an assembly plant with a capacity of 10,000 base stations per year. At the second stage, a manufacturing building will be built.
Kristina Tikhonova, Nokia Siemens Networks Manager in Russia, already mentioned that the project would be the first LTE project in Russia. The new facility will export its products. Its initial capacity will be about 10,000 base stations per year, and will be further increased to 100,000 stations per year. Kristina Tikhonova did not reveal the cost of the project, having only said that in Western Europe a project like that would cost 50,000,000 US dollars.
According to Rusnano CEO Anatoly Chubais, the «Big Three» Russian mobile operators have agreed to develop 4G networks in Russia and Rusnano is ready to contribute equity and borrowings.
Nokia Siemens Networks is a global leader in telecommunications equipment, software, and professional services. The company has operations in 150 countries.
Tomsk Research and Manufacturing Company Micran was founded in 1991. The company produces telecommunications hardware, microwave instruments and accessories, radar equipment, security systems, GaAs monolithic microwave integrated elements.