Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor has announced that a total of eight companies have submitted bids to participate in next month’s auction of Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable spectrum in the 800MHz frequency band. The watchdog lists the interested parties as: MegaFon, Vimpelcom, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Rostelecom, Summa Telecom, TransTeleCom (TTK) alongside two separate subsidiaries of Swedish operator Tele2, namely Tele2-Voronezh and Tele2-Omsk.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the auction process is scheduled to commence on 12 July 2012, and will see LTE-suitable frequencies in the 791MHz-862MHz spectrum band go under the hammer. Roskomnadzor will offer four 2×7.5MHz blocks of frequencies covering the entire Russian territory. Paired blocks will be limited to one operator apiece, and the tender will award extra ‘points’ to bidders which agree to open their networks up to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). Successful operators are obliged to complete their network rollouts within a seven-year time frame, offering services in all towns with at least 50,000 residents.