BERLIN Russia's Mobile TeleSystems launched the country's first third-generation mobile network in St Petersburg and announced plans to invest 38 billion roubles ($1.6B) in 3G network development over the next three years.
The investment will go toward developing high-speed data-transfer services.
3G networks provide data download speeds up to 3.6 Mbit/s, more than ten times faster than the currently available 2G EDGE technology, the company said in a statement.
3G allows customers to make video calls, view mobile TV and roam on 3G networks.
MTS officials said they expect 3G services revenue of $2B from Russia alone, by 2011.
"We see great demand for data and broadband solutions in Russia," said Mikhail Shamolin, CEO of MTS Russia, in a statement. “We believe that conditions for the 3G launch in Russia are more favorable than in the developed markets."
The company plans 3G networks in 10 cities this year and up to 40 Russian cities through 2009. Next year, it expects to launch 3G networks in Uzbekistan and Armenia.
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