Vimpelcom (Beeline Russia) has announced the launch of 4G services ‘to the masses’ in the cities of Vologda, Murmansk and Pskov, while separately, a launch has taken place in Severomorsk, a town in Murmansk oblast. The latest launches augment the cellco’s rollout of 4G in the federation which already covers St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Leningrad and Novgorod regions.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated development fixed line operator TransTeleCom (TTK) says it has launched commercial fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) broadband internet access services in the Pechora Komi Republic. The carrier’s FTTB infrastructure covers 19,000 households in 269 buildings in Pechora, which exceeds 90% of the multi-storey housing stock in the city. The launch means that TTK’s fibre-optic services are now available to 64,000 people in six cities in the region.