Tele2 subsidiary wins Moscow border coverage dispute

26 Aug 2011

According to Telecompaper, Votek Mobile, a regional subsidiary of mobile operator Tele2 Russia, has won a case against national telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor in the Voronezh administrative court regarding unsanctioned cross-border coverage of the Moscow region. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in late-June Roskomnadzor accused two different Tele2 Russia subsidiaries – Votek Mobile and Smolensk Mobile Connection – of providing unauthorised wireless services in the Moscow region. The telecoms watchdog believed that Tele2 base stations in the Tula, Kaluga and Smolensk regions all provided illegal coverage of the Moscow region.

The court ruling, which is said to be final, assessed that Votek’s operations were not in violation of its pre-existing licence conditions. If the cellco had been found in breach of Roskomnadzor’s rules a 90-day suspension had been mooted as punishment. TeleGeography notes that repeated attempts by Tele2 to secure frequencies in the Moscow region have proven unsuccessful in recent years, leaving a gaping hole in the cellco’s operational footprint.

Russia, Tele2 Russia