Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has launched a large-scale rollout of LTE 2100MHz mobile network infrastructure in small and remote settlements using refarmed former 3G frequencies, it announced on its website. To date, MTS has launched its LTE-2100 network in 19 regions of the Federation: Belgorod, Kostroma, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Rostov, Samara, Altai, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Primorsky, Bashkortostan, Buryatia, Dagestan, Mari El, Sakha, Tatarstan, Khanty-Mansiysk and Yamalo-Nenets. By end-2019 MTS will launch LTE-2100 services in 20 more regions to complete a first-phase project, ‘significantly increasing the speed of mobile internet for several million people’ whilst saving MTS ‘up to 80% of investments compared to the construction of LTE networks in the 1800MHz or 2600MHz bands.’
The additional 4G spectrum enables MTS to accelerate LTE deployment, increase data speeds and extend coverage areas. The operator uses five other bands for commercial LTE: 2600MHz (FDD), 2600MHz (TDD), 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz.