According to local press reports, Russian CDMA operator SkyLink has been given permission by the State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) to roll out a W-CDMA network. SkyLink, which was acquired by Russian telecoms holding company Svyazinvest in a share swap deal signed in November 2009, will now be able to compete with the so-called ‘Big Three’ mobile operators – Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Vimpelcom and MegFon – on a level playing field. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SkyLink was awarded spectrum in the 1.9MHz to 2.1MHz band in September 2010. However, at the time of issuance the spectrum was designated for CDMA2000 use, putting it at odds with its 3G rivals. Following the shift to W-CDMA, SkyLink is likely to benefit from increased compatibility and improved roaming agreements.