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.