3G deployment in Moscow faces further delays

12 Dec 2008

Although the three 3G licence holders – MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon – have already deployed the necessary technology, a commercial rollout of services faces further delays as the Russian military has still not freed up UMTS frequencies. The Moscow Times cited comments from Alexander Malis, Vimpelcom’s director for broadband development , who said, ’First, the military promised to free the frequencies by 1 September this year. Now, they said it would be first quarter of next year…The excuses given varied from time to time, but the probable reason is that those making the decision lack any sense of urgency.’