Osnova Telekom, which was established in June 2009 by Ministry of Defence (MoD)-affiliated telecoms holding company Voentelecom, has reportedly commenced testing of its in-deployment Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Smolensk and Yaroslavl. China’s Huawei and French/US vendor Alcatel-Lucent are thought to have been awarded contracts to roll out the networks.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Osnova plans to deploy LTE networks in 20 cities between now and May 2013. Build-out is set to commence in cities with a population of over one million people, and the first locations set to receive 4G are: Ulyanivsk, Ivanovo, Togliatti, Vladimir, Orenburg, Tula, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kaluga, Kaliningrad, Smolensk, Stavropol, Orel and Belgorod. Commercial services are expected to be available by October/November 2013.