Russian wireless giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has started providing its services on the Commander Islands which are situated in the Bering Sea. According to an unconfirmed report by Telecompaper, a 2G base station utilising spectrum in the 900MHz band has been constructed in Nikolskoye, the territory’s administrative centre, offering wireless coverage within a 60km radius.
The Commander Islands, or Komandorski Islands, are a group of treeless, sparsely-populated Russian islands located 175km east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East region. Nikolskoye is the only permanently inhabited location, and is thought to be home to around 600 people, chiefly Russians and Aleuts (indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska and Kamchatka Krai, Russia). The economy is driven by fishing, mushroom picking, and eco-tourism.