First in Russia LTE equipment production facility started up in Tomsk
An official opening of a LTE base stations manufacturing plant took place in Tomsk. The plant will address the demand of mobile operators for 4G networks equipment.
The plant was built in the Tomsk SEZ within the framework of a joint venture created by Nokia Siemens Networks and Micran Research and Manufacturing Company – OOO Wireless Technology Center. Before the end of 2011 the joint venture will have produced 1,000 Flexi Multiradio 10 base stations, and will increase the output to at least 10,000 in the following year.
"We are proud to be the first to have started producing LTE equipment in Russia. Russian mobile operators will now be able to use high quality 4G equipment," says Viktor Gunter, Micran General Director. "High technologies and streamlined manufacturing processes of Nokia Siemens Networks provided a reliable foundation for this important accomplishment, launching of a facility for the manufacture of cutting-edge LTE base stations with a label "Made in Russia."
"The special economic zones serve the purpose of attracting investment and the latest technologies and increasing Russia's share in the international markets of high technology products. The joint project implemented by Nokia Siemens Networks and Micran fully meets this criterion," says Oleg Kostin, CEO of the SEZ. "Currently, there are no more than a dozen companies in the world who produce 4G LTE equipment. And now, the new plant in the Tomsk SEZ has joined them. That is an important step towards a modern telecommunications infrastructure and innovation-based economy. Not only in the region but in the entire country."
Herbert Merz, Vice President of Nokia Siemens Networks, said at the opening ceremony that Tomsk was deliberately chosen as a place for the plant. "We are taking advantage of its innovation, research, and university potential," Herbert Merz said. "We were also encouraged by a tremendous administrative support provided by the regional government – the Tomsk Region Administration and Governor Viktor Kress."
Micran Research and Manufacturing Company is a leading Russian developer and producer of wireless telecommunications equipment, microwave instrumentation, single- and multifunction microwave modules and assemblies. Micran implements cutting edge technologies for the design, production, and quality control of GaAs monolithic crystals and highly mobile electron transistors supporting frequencies up to 100 GHz. Micran is a vertically integrated company which itself markets, develops, produces, and supports its microwave radioelectronics products.
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global vendor of telecommunications equipment and solutions. The company is oriented towards innovations and sustainable development. It provides a full range of mobile, fixed, and converged networks services; professional services such as consultancy, system integration, systems deployment and maintenance; and operators' networks management services. Nokia Siemens Networks is a global leader in telecommunications equipment, software, and professional services. The company has operations in 150 countries. It is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.
Rusnano open joint stock company (OAO) was established in March 2011 through the reorganization of the state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. OAO Rusnano implements the federal public policy for the development of the nano-industry and acts as a co-investor in nanotechnology projects with a significant economic or social potential. OAO Rusnano is 100% owned by the Russian state.