Aquafon GSM, a Russian-backed mobile operator in the north-western breakaway republic of Abkhazia, has revealed plans to launch commercial 4G LTE services in the near future. In a press release on its website, the company says it has installed 24 LTE base stations to provide 4G coverage to all major cities in the region. The new service will enable customers to surf the internet at maximum download speeds of 64Mbps. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Aquafon demonstrated LTE technology in Sukhumi towards the end of 2010 and the cellco was awarded a licence to operate a 4G network in July 2013. Russia’s MegaFon took control of Aquafon in March 2009 by paying RUB935 million (USD28.2 million) for a 100% stake in Debton Investment Ltd, the holder of 51% stakes in both Aquafon and South Ossetia-based operator Ostelecom.