Moscow court backs Summa LTE spectrum appeal

17 Jul 2012

According to an unconfirmed report by Vedomosti, a Moscow court has backed a claim from Russian operator Summa Telecom relating to the uneven distribution of frequencies suitable for Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. The Moscow-based broadband operator, which recently ended up empty-handed following the conclusion of Roskomnadzor’s 800MHz spectrum auction, has reportedly turned its attentions towards frequencies in the 2.5GHz-2.7GHz band which it was originally awarded in 2006, only to subsequently see them revoked by the watchdog. Vedomosti’s report indicates that a 70MHz block of the original frequency allocation, which is now held by emergent WiMAX-turned-LTE operator Scartel (Yota), could belatedly revert to Summa, although the reasoning behind the legal decision has not been disclosed.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, a key part of Summa’s original business plan was the development of WiMAX services and in 2006 it acquired a series of licences in the 2.5GHz-2.7GHz frequency band. However, Summa’s stuttering plans were rendered moot in October 2010 when the State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) announced it was to repeat its 2006 tenders for the frequencies. The licences, which chiefly applied to Siberia and the Far-East region, were ostensibly cancelled when the operator complained about the lengthy delay in receiving its spectrum.

Russia, Scartel (Yota), Sumtel (owned by Rostelecom)