Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has revoked Scartel’s permission to use some of the frequencies issued to its Yota brand, according to reports in Vedomosti. The frequencies, 20MHz-30MHz in the 2.5GHz-2.7GHz band, which were intended for use in Yota’s LTE network in 170 cities, have been revoked due to a ‘violation of the law’, according to the report. Although Yota CEO Denis Sverdlov has yet to make an official announcement, it is not thought that the revoked frequencies will have an adverse effect on Yota’s LTE plans.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in May this year Yota announced that it had decided to roll out a wireless broadband network based on LTE, turning its back on its previous technology of choice, WiMAX. It planned to begin construction of a commercial LTE network this summer, spending USD100 million in 2010 on the rollout of 4G networks in five Russian cities, with total investment expected to reach USD2 billion. According to Yota sources, the first city to be passed by the new network will be Kazan, followed by Novosibirsk and Samara.