Yota completes network rollout

17 Dec 2009

Russian wireless broadband provider Yota has announced that it has completed the deployment of a mobile WiMAX network in Nicaraguan capital Managua, BNamericas reports. The company, which won an operating licence in the 2.5GHz-2.69GHz frequency band in October 2009, praised strategic partners Intel and Samsung Electronics for their part in completing the network in just three months. Yota’s director of business development, Yegor Ivanov, said: ‘We see a lot of potential in our project here in Nicaragua. Demand for communications services in this country is enormous. According to recent studies, the country needs telephony and at least 300,000 new internet connections.’ Yota is now conducting tests across the network and plans to commercially launch services in mid-2010. At launch, the firm will provide both residential and corporate consumers with USB modems and routers, while offering a range of Intel-embedded netbooks and VoIP-enabled devices. Ivanov previously said that the company plans to participate in an upcoming auction for WiMAX spectrum in Colombia, and that it is also eyeing opportunities in Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. In its home market of Russia, the company provides coverage in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Ufa.