Russian WiMAX-turned-Long Term Evolution (LTE) operator Scartel, which operates under the ‘Yota’ brand name, has postponed its long-awaited Moscow LTE launch from 15 April until 10 May, according to an unconfirmed report by Telecompaper. The decision has been prompted by difficulties experienced by subscribers in replacing their WiMAX dongles with LTE devices in time for the switch-over. Yota is offering free replacement devices for any customers who have been using its WiMAX services for two months or more.
Yota, which previously trialled its emergent LTE network in Novosibirsk in December 2011, had been expected to postpone the Moscow launch until September 2012 after struggling with network upgrades. In February this year however, it said that the launch would go ahead as planned.