16 Sep 2011
Russia’s Federal Supervision Agency for IT, Communications & Media (Roskomnadzor) has announced the winning bidders of a series of tenders for WiMAX frequencies in the 3400MHz-3450MHz and 3500MHz-3550MHz spectrum bands, with regional subsidiaries of long-distance operator TransTeleCom (TTK) acquiring the bulk of the available concessions. TTK won lots in Saratov (through its Volga-TransTeleCom unit), Perm (via Urals-TransTelecom), Stavropol (KazKav-TransTeleCom), Kemerovo (Zap-Sib-TransTeleCom), Bashkortostan, Udmurt and Krasnoyarsk. Meanwhile, a number of regional operators also scooped additional concessions, notably Ingushelektrosvyaz (Ingushetia Republic), Vainakh Telecom (the Chechen Republic) and Tvingo Telecom (the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania). Participating companies to miss out on the licences include DLD/ILD operator OSS-Telekom and MegaFon, Russia’s second largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers.