According to Telecompaper, Russian national operator Rostelecom has demonstrated video calling functionality using its integrated multi-standard Long Term Evolution (LTE)/UMTS/CDMA network infrastructure in Sochi, a city in Krasnodar Krai, on the Black Sea coast. The telco also exhibited LTE-supported voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) at the presentation, which was staged for the benefit of dignitaries attending the Sochi International Investment Forum, which took place between 14 – 18 September. The test network was deployed by Rostelecom in conjunction with its regional subsidiary Baykalvestkom. An eNodeB base station supporting FDD and MSR technologies was reportedly used by the operators, supporting speeds up to 100Mbps.
TeleGeography notes that back in August 2010 Rostelecom – in association with mobile operator MegaFon – staged a successful LTE test in Sochi, at the Roza Hutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana. Both companies had previously been named as general partners for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in the city. On that occasion the resort was selected because of the treacherous conditions and inhospitable mountain terrain; data transmission also reached speeds of 100Mbps during the earlier demonstration.