Yekaterinburg-based regional operator MOTIV (registered as Ekaterinburg-2000) has been given permission to introduce voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology by the Russian regulatory authorities, ComNews.ru reports. MOTIV technical director Alex Artemas commented: ‘VoLTE guarantees high voice quality … subscribers will definitely feel the difference’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Ericsson rolled out MOTIV’s 1800MHz LTE network, which was commercially launched in December 2014 in the main population settlements within its network footprint. In February 2016 MOTIV increased its 4G resources by winning a time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE)-suitable (2600MHz) licence in the 2570MHz-2595MHz band. The concession covers Sverdlovsk, Kurgan, Tyumen, Ugra and Yamal.