Russia considers frequency auction

20 Nov 2009

According to a report by Dow Jones Newswires, Harri Koponen, CEO of international telecoms group Tele2, has revealed that the Russian authorities are considering a wireless frequency tender, saying: ‘The government has understood that it is time to open up the market… very soon they will start to talk about spectrum auctions.’ Koponen added that Tele2 would be capable of independently participating in any future auction, believing that his company has the market position and capital to challenge mobile giants Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Vimplecom and Megafon. New wireless frequencies would be a prize asset for Russia’s mobile operators looking to expand and strengthen their wireless data offerings and facilitate further growth in a market which, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, passed 100% penetration in 2006.