Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS, a part of MTS) will transfer 42,000 owners of shared telephone lines to individual communication lines based on GPON technology by the end of 2011 at no charge, that will make digital communication services available to these subscribers. The Company also holds a tender for subscriber equipment suppliers.
400,000 subscribers will be transferred to GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks) technology – this is the number of households to be covered by the projected digital network according to the network capacity plan and introduction to the commercial market by 2012.
All transferred subscribers will receive an individual digital telephone line, access to IPTV and high-speed Internet. In the future the optical communication channels will provide access to new MGTS services such as high definition television (HDTV), video monitoring, fire protection, video calls and other interactive services. GPON model involves installation of the port to provide the above listed in the subscriber’s apartment. MGTS has not chosen the equipment supplier yet, the tender is open.