Russia round-up: Rostelecom plots 450MHz LTE trial; Osnova receives 4G permits; Yota taps NEC for microcell base stations

4 Sep 2013

Russia’s State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) has reportedly authorised national operator Rostelecom to carry out Long Term Evolution (LTE) testing in the 450MHz band, according to Digit.ru. The tests will be carried out by CDMA operator SkyLink, a subsidiary of Rostelecom, and take place in the Kostroma region.

Elsewhere, Osnova Telecom, which was established in June 2009 by Ministry of Defence (MoD)-affiliated telecoms holding company Voentelecom, is reportedly poised to receive permits for 71 LTE base stations across 59 regions, after reaching an agreement with regulator Roskomnadzor. Digit.ru says that the approval was granted by the Moscow Arbitrage Court. Osnova plans to launch LTE services in 20 regions by the end of the year, after deploying its first networks in Smolensk and Yaroslavl in April this year. China’s Huawei and French/US vendor Alcatel-Lucent are thought to have been awarded contracts to roll out the networks.

Finally, Russian LTE operator Yota has selected Japan-based vendor NEC to supply what it claims are ‘the first LTE microcell base stations in Russia’. Yota hopes to speed up its LTE deployments by using Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) technology, which enables multiple operators to provide services while sharing the same base station. Further, NEC’s LTE base stations are equipped with a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) function, which enables base stations with different radiuses of coverage to work in unison.