SkyLink launches GSM services

29 Dec 2010

Russian CDMA-based mobile operator SkyLink has launched GSM services via its regional subsidiaries Sky-1800, MSS and Delta-Telecom, reports Telecompaper. Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei supplied the equipment for the GSM network based on 900MHz and 1800MHz frequencies in 45 regions, whilst SkyLink is also leasing infrastructure from larger rival MTS. The operator said the GSM service will focus on businesses, but is not ruling out a later expansion to the consumer market, whilst its sees synergies between its GSM and CDMA services going forward for voice services over LTE. SkyLink is awaiting a decision from the Russian government on providing LTE in the 1800MHz band, and said it has equipment ready to start a joint rollout of LTE with Rostelecom once permits are awarded. SkyLink holds frequency rights in the 450MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands covering 96% of the Russian population. The company was required to launch GSM services in 46 Russian regions by the end of 2010 in order to comply with licensing requirements.

Russia, SkyLink