The Russian wireless internet operator Synterra has announced that it is setting up a pool of regional suppliers and systems integrators which will assist in its rollout of thousands of localised WiMAX networks. The firm says it hopes to sign deals with partners in 1,000 cities by the end of 2008. Synterra has 2.5GHz-2.7GHz licences covering all cities in Russia with more than 100,000 inhabitants; this equates to approximately 126,000 localities, Comnews reports. It also holds a 3.4GHz-3.5GHz concession covering St Petersburg and the Leningrad region, as well as a national permit to operate in the 5.6GHz-5.75GHz range. Synterra has already launched commercial WiMAX networks in a number of cities, including Moscow.