Vimpelcom, MTS, Rostelecom prepare LTE; Base Telecom thwarted?

16 May 2013

According to Russian business news agency Prime, Vimpelcom plans to launch the first stage of its 4G network in Moscow by 1 June. The report states that the cellco has rolled out 104 Long Term Evolution (LTE) base stations already, and that the network will cover the central area of the city within the ring road known as Garden Ring.

In separate but related news, Prime also reports that MTS plans to launch its Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) LTE network in Moscow before the end of 2013, with 2,100 base stations planned by the end of 2014, and that rival operator Rostelecom has selected seven regions – Yugra, Khakasia, North Ossetia, Sakhalin, Chukotka, Mordovia and Nenets – for the launch of its LTE network.

One operator seemingly not boarding the LTE train is military-backed Base Telecom. According to a Kommersant report cited by Telecompaper, the operator has seen its bid for an LTE concession rejected by Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor.