WiMAX frequencies in Siberia, Far Eastern region to be redistributed

7 Oct 2010

Russian regulator State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) plans to repeat its 2006 tenders for WiMAX-suitable frequencies in the 2.5GHz – 2.7GHz frequency band, reports RBC Daily. The licences, which apply to Siberia and the Far-East region, were allocated to Summa Telecom in 2007, only to be cancelled when the operator complained about the lengthy delay in receiving its spectrum. Summa, which intended to roll out a 330 city WiMAX network by end-2010, subsequently concentrated on its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) deployments, and reports FTTB networks in St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Makhachkala and Rostov-on-Don. Vimpelcom, alongside several unnamed regional operators, are rumoured to be interested in the redistributed frequencies.