How do we build a mobile network on the track Cupid: telephones in the country and no nails!

Author: Konstantin Boldyrev — the manager of the federal project "Cupid" by the company "VimpelCom".

In the topic, I will discuss the largest in recent years, the telecommunications project, which was simply amazing in terms of implementation.


The project of building a mobile network on the highway "Amur" there are 4 important differences from anything we've done before:

• First, the project inhumanly volume.
• Second, it is run in record time.
• Third, it used the most modern equipment.
• And fourth, all operators of the Big Three were able to work side-by-side, which in itself is a big event.

It all began with the Soviet car industry

After the Prime Minister drove to the "Kalina" on the M58 highway "Amur", all three operators have started fairly rapid deployment of infrastructure on it. We worked in an emergency mode, day and night, blowing passes for cable channels, a ride, mount and configure the hardware and laid out in full. After all the work done to me, my colleagues and our friends from the states of other operators can only proud of how cool we really worked together.

The fact is that if you drove there, you would have noticed that over the whole hundreds of kilometers phone does not "see" network coverage of any of the operators. Clearly, for a major federal highway is not a good situation, which required changes. August 30, 2010 at a meeting on road construction in the city of Chita Prime Minister of the Russian Federation has been tasked by the equipment of the road M58 Chita-Khabarovsk (highway "Amur") mobile radio communication with the completion of work in September 2011.




At that time, covering the route networks that the big three were: Vimpelcom — 39%, MTS — 56%, Megaphone — 60% (according to RFC at level measurements -100 dBm). The fact that the MTS and Megafon at the time of the project have already been licensed GSM 900 in all three subjects of the Russian Federation, along which the track "Cupid" (Trans-Baikal Territory, Amur Oblast, Jewish Autonomous Region), while the "Beeline" were Only the 3G license in the Trans-Baikal region and the EAO and GSM 1800 networks in the Amur region.

It's time to bring a small geographic reference. The federal highway Chita — Khabarovsk passes through the territories of the three subjects of the Russian Federation, the total length of the route is 2,165 km. To understand the global nature of the problem to remind you that the distance from Moscow to Berlin is only 1,606 km (1,820 miles on the highway).


Understanding the global nature of the task, the Big Three operators pushed to an unprecedented step, namely, to take a decision on parity division of the costs of building the network infrastructure. If anywhere in the country for each of the operators of the sites and their hardware, here used as a basic common platforms, as agreed under the standard. This solution has reduced investments in the design of each of the participants in more than one and a half times. Generally, this is an amazing event, where each of the operators really began to work closely with the other, until that point it was considered simply incredible for the domestic market.

After determining the address of the program of construction of aerial structures, determination and coordination of which took place with the participation of the planners of the three companies, defined scope of work, which were allocated to each party. To arrange a 100% coverage of the road networks of the three operators, needed to set up in addition to existing positions 102 towers, of which the responsibility of the company were 38 VimpelCom and MTS — 32 Megaphone — also 32. To ensure full coverage of the route operators had to run 283 base stations, of which 101 BC — VimpelCom, 91 — MTS 91 — Megaphone.


Yellow — our stations ("Beeline"), green — Megaphone, red — MTS


The only technology solution that would quickly arrange transportation along the route, it was the construction of transport networks based on the principle of microwave radio communications (radio relay equipment). In this area has also been made the principle of inter-operator interaction, based on the separation of the main transport network into 3 segments defined by geography. Each segment is within the responsibility of the operator. Set of measures for planning, construction and integration of radio relay within its cluster, each operator carried out independently, based on the harmonized technical requirements and principles of the organization of communication channels. Here are the main provisions of this agreement:

• The ability to transmit a packet traffic and TDM traffic
• The minimum capacity of the RRL 150 Mbit / s in a single polarization
• On the main RRL organized 3 tunnel width of 50 MB for each operator

The official part of

The project is coordinated by the Ministry of Communications of Russia directly with the involvement of government agencies that contributed to the allocation of land and forest land, construction of access roads. Energy supply facilities was entrusted to the JSC "RAO Energy System of East", JSC "IDGC of Siberia", JSC "FGC UES" and JSC "Russian Railways". The project budget was 4.7 Millards rubles, of which about 2.4 was used by operators of the "Big Three" for the construction of communication facilities, and the state has allocated 2.3 to provide power and the construction of access roads to the sites.

Laying the foundation of the first tower "Beeline" for the project "Cupid" was held on 22 April 2011 with the participation of Deputy Minister of Communications, NS Marder in the village of Ol (the Jewish Autonomous Oblast). Symbolically, it is the object of "VimpelCom" was first written in the broadcast base station of the "Cupid", and it was there in October, was organized videoconferencing Minister of Communications and Mass Media Minister Igor Shchegolev and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.

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Construction of such a large number of objects just over 4 months (main phase of construction started only at the end of May) is a nontrivial task, especially due to the weak development of energy and transport infrastructure in the region, the need to build long driveways. The total length of access roads to the objects of communication, built by operators, is over 100 kilometers long and the last mile of energy greater than 500 kilometers.

Thus, in one of the positions VimpelCom (234-km) in the Jewish Autonomous Region to set the tower on top of a hill, at a distance of 200 meters from the highway "Amur", took laying in rock serpentine roads with a total length of 3.5 kilometers, where It took not only cut down the forest and take out the entire length of the road, but also to conduct blasting operations. I never thought that the "Beeline" will deal with mining and excavating business, but I had to.


It has been


It became

In the Amur region had to work with the installation of a base station in the village of Orochensky. For the construction of the access road to the site of the BS were also conducted blasting. Launch Pad Red positions in the Amur region is generally produced in record time, from the moment of obtaining a building permit prior to the start was just 1 month! During this time, the position of forest was cut down, built driveway, poured foundation, installed AMC height of 70 meters, integrated equipment.


Jeanne-Chichatka: Russian road


Jeanne-Chichatka: the beginning of construction


Installation of the BS in Nyuzhke


Ol, bookmark


Ol, hardware

The difficulties were associated with the huge distances. For example, between the extreme BS "Beeline" in the Amur region the distance is more than 1,000 kilometers (Ayachi on the border of the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Amur region on the border of the Cossack to EAO). Despite this, in the last week of September, managed to run up to the BS 30 a week, primarily at the expense of virtually round the clock work of contractors and employees of the branches of our company.

Must note the staff of the Operations Department of the transport network. Guys, getting a brand new radio relay equipment, and having only the documentation and software, self-understood, configured, have registered routing the transport network to new hardware along the entire section in the zone of responsibility "VimpelCom", as the time to attract skilled professionals from the supplier (as is done under normal conditions) is just not there. If there are readers of integrators, then you will understand perfectly how this challenge.


15 September — 3 BS on the air
September 19 — 7 BS on the air
September 23 — 13 BS on the air
September 28 — 22 BS on the air
September 30 — 46 BS is in the air
02 October — 70 BS on the air
04 October — 84 BS on the air

Certainly not able to complete all work exactly the first of October, as originally planned. For example half of the positions while working on a temporary basis through established supply diesel generator sets — electricity to such facilities need to keep a few tens of kilometers. I can unequivocally state that the operators of the Big Three have been made every effort, to say the super efforts to achieve such a result.


If we talk about the social significance of the project, in addition to the organization of communication throughout the entire route should be noted that the track is adjacent to more than 100 settlements, where more than 150,000 people. In this case, all 50 villages were first telephones. Providing coverage throughout the highway "Amur" allows you to speed up the development of road infrastructure and significantly improve the convenience and safety of highway for road users. In addition to voice communication, as a result of the project residents of areas adjacent to the road were able to take advantage of high-speed Internet-access technology for 3G.




Brand new base station


October 3, 2011 Shchegolev visited the federal highway and drove through the city of Khabarovsk to Blagoveshchensk, personally checking the results of the orders of Prime Minister with his cell phone. As it turned out during the visit, the Minister of Communications uses the services of our company, and therefore the results of work done, I dare say, a colossal work of Mr Shchegolev judged it by the cover "Beeline" network. Igor O. was fully satisfied with the result, as in person soon reported to Vladimir Vladimirovich Who do you know.

"Full Coverage highway" Amur "mobile phones brings the Far East to the European standards of accessibility of telecommunications services. Modernization of transport and telecommunications infrastructure is under way not only in European, but also in the east of the country. Even development of the information infrastructure, the elimination of the digital divide — priortetnye task. This project — the successful experience of public-private partnerships to build infrastructure in sparsely populated and remote regions of the country, "- said the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Igor Shchegolev.

PS Yeah, looks like a news topic from the Soviet Union to build BAM, the first exit into space or something like that. And
— yes, for us, it really is almost as big achievement. We have a very difficult and almost incredible project, and we managed. It's very inspiring.

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