VimpelCom, a Russian mobile operator offering services under the Bee Line trade mark and Alcatel are demonstrating new 3G/UMTS mobile applications and services live at the Svyaz-Expocomm trade fair. For the very first time in Russia, the visitors can watch live television on mobile handsets.
As well as this, video-telephony users are the first in Russia to see and hear each other in full mobility, whilst watching what is happening ‘live’ in various countries in Europe and in Asia. All these multimedia calls are made using full 3GPP-compliant mobile handsets communicating over Alcatel’s Evolium 3G/UMTS Core and Radio solutions
combined with appropriate Alcatel application platforms.
This Russian premiere follows the mobile video-telephony international calls that Alcatel has conducted in Europe and in Asia for over a year, linking various 3G/UMTS pilot networks deployed by Alcatel in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
Visitors can also enjoy playing interactive games with people across the world, watching the latest music video clips or movie previews, as well as surfing the internet via 3G/UMTS handsets.
Under the terms of the contract signed with VimpelCom in 2001, Alcatel delivered and installed its complete Evolium solution including the UTRAN (UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access Network) radio systems, the network systems (CORE), as well as the associated Radio Network Controller (RNC) and multimedia equipment. The radio systems, which include the UMTS base stations (Node B), are developed and produced by Evolium SAS, the joint venture between Alcatel and Fujitsu.