According to Telecompaper, mobile operator Tele2 Russia has obtained four licences to provide GSM mobile services in the 1800MHz frequency band in the Far Eastern Federal District of the country. The operator has reportedly obtained GSM-1800 frequencies in the Sakhalin, Chukotka, Kamchatka and Koryak regions, through its regional subsidiary Siberian Mobile Connection. Russian national operator Rostelecom also won 1800MHz licences in the tender, covering the Sakhalin and Chukotka regions, whilst cellco Vimpelcom was awarded a solitary licence in the Chukotka Autonomous District. Vimpelcom has long coveted frequencies in the Far Eastern Federal District: the only area where it does not yet have a full complement of GSM licences.
As reported by CommsUpdate in March, Russia’s Federal Supervision Agency for IT, Communications and Media (Roskomnadzor) received a total of seven bids for the first of four tenders to provide GSM mobile services in the 1800MHz frequency band across Russia. A total of 32 licences in 17 of Russia’s 83 regions are slated for distribution during 1H11. Future licences will apply to both the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands.