Novosibirsk gets first LTE network in RussiaBack to list
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Yota has switched on its LTE system in Russia's third largest city, Novosibirsk in Siberia. "We can say for a fact that today the first commercial LTE network has been launched in Russia," said general director Denis Sverdlov. Commercial data services based on USB modems will start mid-January. Yota currently has 63 base stations installed in the city. By March their number will increase to 150. Mister Sverdlov says that Huawei has supplied the equipments.
Yota (the brand name of Scartel) is the first Russian high-speed wireless network based on Mobile WiMAX. Yota operates in Russia (Moscow, St. Peterburg, Ufa, Sochi, Krasnodar and now in Novosibirsk), Belarus, Peru and Nicaragua.
Previously Yota announced that there is an agreement with MegaFon (one of Russia's leading cellco) and RosTelecom (part of Svyazinvest, is Russia's leading long-distance telephony provider) about collaborative developing of 4G network in Russia. Under the agreement, MegaFon will be able to provide 4G LTE services using Yota's equipments and Yota will be able to use MegaFon's network infrastructure for LTE rollout. RosTelecom as well has right to offer its customers services in LTE mode in exchange for it's inter-city network infrastructure. RosTelecom's network is based on extant Russian fiber-optic cable lines that crosses the country on directions «Moscow — Novorossiysk», «Moscow — Khabarovsk» и «Moscow — Saint Petersburg».
Text by: Artem Sukhoroslov for NovosibirskGuide.com