The Federal Service for Communications, IT and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) has announced that a total of eight telecoms operators have applied to take part in a series of tenders for frequencies in the 3400MHz-3450MHz and 3500MHz-3550MHz spectrum bands. The tenders, which are slated to take place in early-September, will allow the recipients to provide fixed wireless broadband services – including WiMAX – in 29 cities spanning eight of the country’s 83 regions.
The first tender, which will take place on 6 September, will reportedly cover the following locations: Arkhangelsk, Chelyabinsk, Kostroma, Lipetsk, Moscow, Pskov, Rostov, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen, Vladimir, the Komi Republic, the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, the Nenets Autonomous District and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. Bids for the tender were filed by five companies, namely: the country’s second largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, MegaFon; state-owned long-distance operator TransTeleCom (TTK); wireline provider OSS-Telekom; Nenetskaya Kompaniya Elektrosvyazi, which is based in the Nenets Autonomous District, and KBC Ltd, which is based in the Pskov region.
The second tender, which will take place on 9 September, covers cities in the Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Saratov and Stavropol regions, as well as the constituent republics of Bashkortostan, North Ossetia-Alania and Udmurtia. This batch of frequencies proved to be the most popular of all of Roskomnadzor’s tenders, attracting eight bidders including: MegaFon, OSS-Telekom; Tvingo Telekom, which is based in North Ossetia-Alania; and five regional subsidiaries affiliated to TTK. The third and final tender, which takes place concurrently on 9 September, will cover the entirety of the Kamchatka and Magadan regions, as well as the constituent republics of Altai, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Tuva. Bids for this tender were filed by MegaFon; OSS-Telekom; Chechnya-based Vainakh Telekom and Ingushetia-based Ingushelektrosvyaz.