Osnova Telekom, which was established on 4 June 2009 by Ministry of Defence (MoD)-affiliated telecoms holding company Voentelecom, has revealed plans to roll out networks based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in 20 cities across Russia between March and May 2013. The development was divulged to RIA Novosti by Alexei Kim, CEO of co-owner Aikominvest, who commented: ‘We have almost completed preparations for the construction of the networks. This year we will start building in cities with a population over one million people, where our main customers live’. The first cities to receive 4G connectivity are listed as: Ulyanivsk, Ivanovo, Togliatti, Vladimir, Orenburg, Tula, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kaluga, Kaliningrad, Smolensk, Stavropol, Orel and Belgorod. Commercial services are expected to launch in October/November 2013. The next stage of deployment will see Osnova roll out services in all Russian cities with a population of over 100,000. By the company’s estimates, once completed, the federal network will comprise around 30,000 base station and cost as much as USD3 billion.