Vainakh Telecom authorised to launch LTE?

20 Aug 2013

Vainakh Telecom, which has offered mobile services in the war-torn Chechen Republic since May 2009, has reportedly been cleared to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the region by the local branch of Russian regulator Roskomnadzor. The company was awarded spectrum in the 2300MHz band in March 2010, and went on to roll out 180 4G base stations in the Chechen Republic by end-2012. However, the operator found its prospects derailed by regulatory red-tape, with the watchdog asserting that LTE equipment jointly developed and manufactured by Wireless Technology Center (WTC), a joint venture between Finland’s Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) and Siberia-based Micran was not considered ‘Russian-made’, thus breaching the terms of Vainakh’s concession.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, a solution was brokered last month, when Rusnano, a state-owned investment corporation focused on developing the Russian nanotechnology sector, acquired a 25% stake in vendor WTC from NSN for RUB330 million (USD10 million).

Russia, Vainakh Telecom (Chechen Republic)