According to an unconfirmed report by Vedomosti, the Russian government is considering issuing MegaFon and Rostelecom access to Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable frequencies in the southern city of Sochi, in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) is expected to grant the necessary permissions at a meeting scheduled for 16 March.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the two companies previously staged a successful joint LTE trial in August 2010 at the Roza Hutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi. The duo, which had previously been named as general partners for the 2014 games, saw transmission speeds reach 100Mbps during the presentation. The area was selected because of treacherous conditions and inhospitable mountain terrain.