Russia’s Scartel, operating under the Yota brand, has announced that it has finalised the construction of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network in the city of Kazan. 147 base stations have been built, at an estimated cost of USD20 million. Yota has reportedly achieved download speeds of between 10Mbps and 30Mbps during its testing phase. As reported previously in TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Yota has confirmed plans to launch LTE networks in Novosibirsk and Samara by the end of 2010. In May this year the company announced that it had decided to roll out a wireless broadband network based on LTE, rather than WiMAX, its previous technology of choice.