Minsvyaz completes 2600MHz 4G auction

22 Feb 2016

Russia’s Ministry of Communications (Minsvyaz) has announced the completion of an open tender for 2600MHz 4G mobile frequency licences. The ministry revealed that it sold 81 regional and one federal lots of spectrum to six unnamed telecoms operators for a total of RUB8.3 billion (USD108.9 million); two regional spectrum lots, meanwhile, remained unsold.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in early February Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said that all eight applications to participate in the 2600MHz tender were approved. Applications to bid for spectrum in the 2570MHz-2620MHz band were submitted by Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom (Beeline), MegaFon, Tele2 Russia (T2 Mobile), Your Mobile Technologies, R-TeleCom, Yekaterinburg-2000 and Vaynakh Telecom.