Russia’s Vimpelcom (Beeline) has launched fourth-generation services in the Republic of Bashkortostan, using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the 2600MHz band. In a release yesterday, the cellco said the new service will deliver peak data rates of 70Mbps, with average speeds in the range of 10Mbps-20Mbps. As a result of the rollout, Vimpelcom’s 4G network is now available to residents of densely populated neighbourhoods in the Kirov and the Soviet districts of Ufa, Chernikovka and Sipaylovo, and the provincial capital of Bashkortostan, including Bashkir State University and Bashkir State Agrarian University.
Meanwhile, rival cellco MegaFon says it has now improved 4G LTE network coverage in the city of Oryol, where it is now able to offer peak 100Mbps connectivity to over 70% of the people living there. Having switched on LTE in the city in December 2012, the cellco’s phased expansion has continued apace, and also encompasses the town of Livny, with plans to expand its 4G coverage to the suburbs of Oryol by the year end.