SkyLink wins again

12 Nov 2007

The Russian CDMA wireless operator SkyLink has met with more success in the government’s GSM spectrum auctions, winning eight of the twelve available concessions in the North West Federal District. SkyLink was awarded GSM-1800 frequencies in Karelia, Vologda, Pskov, Arkhangelsk, Novgorod, Murmansk, Komi Republic and the Nenets Autonomous District. The company has already won GSM spectrum in Siberia and plans to begin rolling out GSM networks alongside its existing CDMA-450 infrastructure next year, spending at least USD10 million per region, CNews reports. While the big three Russian cellcos – MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon – lost out in the North West auction, the fourth-placed operator, Tele2, did win the other four licences, covering Karelia, Vologda, Pskov and the Nenets Autonomous District.

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