Russian wireless giant Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced that it has switched on its 1800MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Krasnodar Krai in the Southern Federal District. At launch the network covers 36 population centres in the region, with that figure expected to rise to 160 by the end of 2016. MTS currently claims operational LTE networks in 77 of Russia’s 85 regions.
Sergey Laskavyi, director of MTS’s South Region, commented: ‘MTS is already the largest mobile operator in Krasnodar region, serving over 60% of all subscribers … We expect to deliver a rapid rollout of our LTE network throughout the region by re-farming spectrum currently used for our GSM networks. While we will ensure high data transfer speeds are initially available in Krasnodar and resort areas like Sochi where we are seeing strong demand for data, we are also focused on extending LTE network access to smaller towns and areas where fixed line internet access is either underdeveloped or nonexistent.’