Unofficial figures suggest Yota has notched 600,000 LTE subscribers

30 Aug 2012

According to an unconfirmed report by Vedomosti, WiMAX-turned-Long Term Evolution (LTE) operator Scartel (Yota) has signed up around 600,000 LTE subscribers since inaugurating its commercial LTE network earlier this year. 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, Vladivostok, Samara and the Volga Region; further network launches have been pencilled in for St Petersburg and Kazan by end-2012. Prior to switching its existing WiMAX subscriber base to LTE this spring, Yota had an estimated one million or so customers (up from a confirmed figure of 731,500 in March 2011), putting it in pole position in the domestic 4G sector; the company expects to cover 180 Russian cities with LTE technology by 2014.

Meanwhile sister company MegaFon, which currently offers LTE services to end-users over Yota’s network via a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement has set itself a more modest target of 100,000 4G subscribers by end-December.

Russia, Scartel (Yota)