Osnova in legal LTE limbo as lawsuit lingers

20 Feb 2014

The Moscow Arbitration Court has postponed until 24 February the hearing of a lawsuit filed by three companies claiming their rights to the radio frequencies previously awarded to wireless operator Osnova Telekom (also known as Base Telecom), local media sources have reported. According to Prime business news agency, three little-known companies – Vostok, Profinvest and Resurs – have sued the State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) seeking to contest the allocation of frequencies in the 2.3GHz–2.4GHz range to military-backed Osnova in 2011. According to the report, Osnova has already spent RUB11 billion (USD308.5 million) to roll out Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in 18 cities, but has failed to put them into operation due to regulatory red-tape.

Russia, Voentelecom (incl. Osnova Telecom)