In a press release, Russian operator TransTeleCom (TTK) says it has commercially launched the first WiMAX network in Siberia, making high speed wireless broadband access available to residents of the cities of Kansk and Achinsk Krasnoyarsk. According to the press statement, at launch TTK’s WiMAX network – the 3.5GHz equipment for which was supplied by Alvarion – covers 50% of the residential sectors of each cities and provides internet access at speeds of up to 3Mbps. With thousands of homeowners already able to connect, TTK-Siberia general director Mikhail Bazhenov said: ‘Our plan [is] to provide 100% coverage of areas of low-density buildings in these cities.’ His comments were echoed by the unit’s head of sales, Oleg Leonov, who said that the company hopes to sign up 1,000 WiMAX customers there by the year end. Further, Leonov confirmed that by the end of the year TTK plans to launch wireless broadband services in several cities across the country. In 2013 the carrier launched WiMAX in Murom (Vladimir region), adding Kostroma (Kostroma region), Yelets (Lipetsk region), Ukhta (Komi Republic), Balakovo and Engels (Saratov region), Volgodonsk (Rostov region) and Glazov (Udmurt Republic) in 2014. Ten new cities are being targeted next year, including Mezhdurechensk (Kemerovo region), Novoshakhtinsk (Rostov region), Stavropol Territory Nevinnomyssk (Vladimir region), Berezniki (Perm region), Pervouralsk and Kamensk-Ural (Sverdlovsk region), Tobolsk (Tyumen region), Sergiev Posad (Moscow region) and Kopeysk (Chelyabinsk region).