Yota reaches 100,000 WiMAX subscribers

25 Aug 2009

Russian WiMAX specialist Yota has announced that since its commercial launch it has added 60,000 net new subscribers to its wireless internet services, giving it a total of 100,000 active subscribers, including customers that bought into the service during its test phase. The company launched its services in Moscow and St Petersburg on 1 June and has since opened a test network in the southern city of Ufa; the trial is scheduled to end on 30 September. The company claims that in July the average traffic per customer was equivalent to 10.3GB, reportedly the same as most fixed line broadband customers in Moscow. ‘The milestone of 100,000 active users was exceeded by Yota within just two and a half months of the launch of commercial operations’, said Yota sales director Igor Torgov, ‘We would like to thank our clients for believing in the new technology and supporting us. In the beginning of autumn new Yota access devices will appear on the market. Thus, in September, under the agreement with Intel and some laptop producers, new laptop models with built-in Mobile WiMAX modules will be supplied to the Russian market through six vendors.’ The company also plans to launch its portable router, the ‘Yota Egg’, to the market in the second half of September.