Vladivostok next in line for Yota LTE switch-over

17 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 Vladivostok, the administrative centre of the Primorsky Krai, which is situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. Prime Tass business news agency reports that Yota intends to launch its 4G service in Vladivostok later this week, as it bids to get the network up and running prior to the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, in September. In preparation for the forum, much of the city’s infrastructure is being renovated and improved, including two giant cable-stayed bridges.

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, Ufa and the Volga Region; further network launches have been pencilled in for St Petersburg, Samara, and Kostroma by end-2012.

Russia, Scartel (Yota)