According to an unconfirmed report by Russia’s Prime news agency, Antares Telecom has entered into dialogue with state-backed Rostelecom regarding potential cooperation opportunities in the field of Long Term Evolution (LTE) network deployment. The article, which cites Antares vice president Mikhail Grachyov, notes that no concrete agreement has yet been reached by the two parties.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, little-known Antares has found itself waylaid by legal disputes in recent years, despite attempting to use 2008 frequency allocations in the 1900MHz band to support the introduction of LTE technology. Along with sister companies Arktur and Integral, Antares received a batch of frequencies in the 1900MHz band in April 2008, which the State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) designated as suitable for the future use of LTE. However, when Antares attempted to stage a 4G trial in Moscow, the authorities intervened, stalling its progress indefinitely.