Rostelecom tests LTE in Krasnodar, Sochi

Russia’s national telecommunications operator, today announces that it has test launched its LTE (Long Term Evolution, (791-820 МHz, 821-862 МHz, 2530-2620 МHz and 2650-2690 МHz)) base stations in Krasnodar and Sochi.

During the first stage of the implementation of this technology, the Company plans to develop its LTE-standard in Krasnodar and Sochi, as well as in the mountain and coastal areas that will host Olympic Games events. Approximately 100 LTE base stations will be installed in the above mentioned areas by the end of 2013.

The launch of the LTE-standard network is the next step in the development of the Rostelecom-South wireless network. Subscriber services will remain uninterrupted during the transition to the new LTE-standard, thanks to the implementation of Rostelecom’s technological strategy. This strategy will combine GSM, UMTS and LTE standards into a single MBB (mobile broadband) network in 2013, enabling customers to switch seamlessly from one network to another, depending on the parameters of a subscriber’s unit and users need.

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