Russia round-up: Osnova tests LTE-A; Yota MVNO goes live; Huawei to deploy FTTH for Rostelecom; TTK picks WiMAX vendor

21 Aug 2014

Osnova Telecom (also known as Base Telecom) has successfully demonstrated Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in its Moscow laboratory. The test, which used Huawei Technologies equipment, achieved maximum download speeds of up to 226.1Mbps using carrier aggregation (CA). Although Osnova has rolled out a standard LTE network in 19 Russian cities, its commercial launch remains pending, with regulatory red-tape hampering its efforts to date.

MegaFon-owned LTE firm Yota is poised to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in 20 cities, and has commenced issuing 150,000 customers with pre-ordered SIM cards. SIM cards can currently be ordered in major cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the central Russian locations of Tula and Vladimir, and the Far Eastern cities of Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. Yota’s MVNO piggybacks on the network of its parent company, MegaFon.

Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies has been selected by Rostelecom to deploy its ‘FastConnect’ fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. The contract follows the Russian government’s request that Rostelecom should work towards signing up 13 million FTTH users by 2015. To ensure return on investment (RoI) in sparsely populated areas, Huawei and Rostelecom have jointly designed Floor Distribution Boxes (FDBs). In the preliminary network construction stage, networks are constructed to user access points and FDBs are deployed as the interface between the outside plant and the inside plant. In future network expansion situations, pre-made drop cables can be used for plug-and-play and quick service provisioning.

St Petersburg-based vendor Telecommunications Services has reportedly won a tender to deploy TransTeleCom’s (TTK’s) planned WiMAX network in 19 cities nationwide. The three-year contract will see the deployment of a total of 279 base transceiver stations (BTS) and a further 161 radio-relay stations.