Russian regional mobile operator Vainakh Telecom, which operates in the Chechen Republic, has reportedly expanded its GSM network – including Wi-Fi service coverage – in the Kezenoy-Am resort. According to an unconfirmed report from Telecompaper, Vainakh Telecom has also introduced a promotion aimed at subscribers using its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the city of Grozny.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database writes that in August 2013, Vainakh Telecom, which has offered mobile services in the war-torn Chechen Republic since May 2009, was cleared to offer LTE services in the region by the local branch of Russian regulator Roskomnadzor. The company was awarded spectrum in the 2300MHz band in March 2010, and went on to roll out 180 4G base stations in the Chechen Republic by end-2012. However, the operator found its prospects derailed by regulatory red-tape, with the watchdog asserting that LTE equipment jointly developed and manufactured by Wireless Technology Center (WTC), a joint venture between Finland’s Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Networks) and Siberia-based Micran was not considered ‘Russian-made’, thus breaching the terms of Vainakh’s concession.