Comstar gets WiMAX boost

30 Jan 2007

Russia’s largest private fixed line operator Comstar UTS has obtained licences allowing it to deploy WiMAX wireless broadband technology and offer internet telephony services in 20 regions. A company statement said: ‘Further information on the range, scale and type of services to be launched will be provided in due course, along with the related investments to be made.’ Comstar did confirm that the licences are valid until November 2011. The firm’s CEO, Eric Franke, commented: ‘This is a major step forward in our stated strategy of regional expansion. It will enable us to start up greenfield operations in these new areas. The licences give us the opportunity to provide the latest telecommunication solutions in priority regions and strengthen our overall competitive position in the market.’