Yota to launch LTE in Ufa on 29 July

9 Jul 2012

Russian WiMAX-turned-Long Term Evolution (LTE) operator Scartel (Yota) has indicated that it plans to switch on its new 4G network in Ufa, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Bashkortostan, on 28 July. Prime Tass business news agency reports that Yota has rolled out 140 LTE base stations across the city, which it believes will provide adequate 4G coverage to the city’s residents. Ahead of the switch-over from WiMAX to LTE, Yota’s approximately 20,000 WiMAX subscribers in Ufa are able to swap their existing modems for devices supporting the alternative technology in Yota retail branches; the service will be provided free of charge.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Yota officially inaugurated its commercial LTE network in Moscow on 10 May, going on to offer the service in Krasnodar, Sochi and the Volga Region; further network launches have been pencilled in for St Petersburg, Samara, Vladivostok, and Kostroma by end-2012.

Russia, Scartel (Yota)