Vimpelcom and MegaFon apply for WiMAX spectrum

27 Oct 2006

Russia’s State Radio Frequency Commission has awarded WiMAX wireless broadband frequencies to number two mobile operator Vimpelcom. The firm has won spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.45GHz band and the 3.5GHz-3.55GHz band. Prime Tass, citing local newspaper Kommersant, reports that Vimpelcom has also applied for spectrum in the 2.3GHz-2.5GHz range covering 92 cities and so far it has been granted use of the spectrum in 34 markets. Meanwhile, third-placed cellco MegaFon has also applied for frequencies which would allow it deploy a WiMAX network although it has not elaborated on its plans. Russia already has a number of commercial WiMAX networks operated by the likes of Enforta and Synterra. TeleGeography’s WiMAX Market Tracking service offers full coverage of global WiMAX trials and deployments.

Russia, Beeline (Russia), MegaFon