State-backed telecoms giant Rostelecom has announced that it has launched its fourth commercial HSPA+ network in Penza, through its regional subsidiary ZAO. The network consists of 76 base transceiver stations (BTS). Furthermore, construction work on 3G networks in Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saratov and Orenburg Oblasts are said to be progressing well, as is a rollout in the Republic of Tatarstan. All networks are expected to be completed over the coming months.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Rostelecom is in the process of rolling out 3G networks in 27 Russian regions, with vendors Ericsson and Huawei deploying a total of 8,000 BTS in the company’s target markets. In November 2012 Rostelecom subsidiary Baikalwestcom (BWC) inaugurated the group’s first 3G network in the Irkutsk Oblast. February 2013 saw the second HSPA+ network go live, in Primorsky Krai, through the group’s AKOS subsidiary, before a third network was lit in the Ulyanovsk Oblast, through ZAO, earlier this month. Rostelecom and its assorted regional subsidiaries claimed a 2G subscriber base of around 13.56 million at the end of December 2012.