Rostelecom launches LTE in Sochi

4 Jun 2013

Russia national operator Rostelecom has announced that it has launched the first part of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Sochi, thereby fulfilling its licensing requirements. The company plans to roll out LTE networks in a further seven regions by the end of this year, namely: Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra, the Republic of Khakassia, the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania, Sakhalin Oblast, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.

Sochi is home to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and has been used extensively as a 4G test-bed by Rostelecom and MegaFon, on account of its treacherous conditions and inhospitable mountain terrain. In January this year Rostelecom generated downlink transmission speeds of 63Mbps, and remained optimistic that it would see download speeds reach 80Mbps before the trial was over.

Russia, Rostelecom