WiMAX player Scartel launches LTE in Russia

Russian WiMAX player, Scartel, which operates under the Yota brand has finished its implementation of an LTE network in Kazan. The operator also plans to deploy further LTE networks in Novosibirsk and Samara by the end of 2010.

VimpelCom targets robots in Russia

Second placed Russian carrier VimpelCom has teamed up with machine to machine network specialist Jasper Wireless to bring what it claims is the first M2M platform to the Russian market.

WiMAX players shifting to LTE?

Russian WiMAX player Scartel, which operates under the Yota brand, is shifting its strategy to focus on LTE, which is seen as a rival or complimentary technology to WiMAX depending on who you talk to.

Intelsat puts a new bird in space

Fixed satellite operator Intelsat this week announced the successful launch of its latest bit of kit, the shiny new Intelsat 15 satellite (IS-15), which will replace the ageing 709 satellite.

MTS, TeliaSonera go on shopping sprees

Russian investment house Sistema said Tuesday that it has sold its 50.91 per cent stake in leading Moscow fixed line broadband provider Comstar UTS to Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).

MTS launches indoor 3G in Moscow

Leading Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) said this week that it has switched on its first phase 3G network in Moscow.

WiMAX-embedded netbooks come to Russia

Samsung and Yota, a Russian mobile WiMAX operator, have announced the introduction of what they say is the first ‘4G’ ready netbook (mini-notebook) in Russia.

Yota extends free WIMAX trial offer

Yota, a mobile WiMAX operator in Russia, is extending its free consumer trial period until 31 May 2009. Until that time, holders of WiMAX USB-modems, express-cards and HTC MAX 4G phones will get free access to high-speed wireless internet, to Yota Music, to Yota’s photoblogging service (Yap-Yap), as well as mobile TV (Yota TV) and to online film browsing (Yota Video).

HTC unveils world’s first WiMAX/GSM handset

HTC, a Taiwanese PDA and handset manufacturer, has officially unveiled a dual-mode mobile WiMAX/GSM handset to add to its ‘Touch’ range of devices using Windows Mobile OS. The HTC MAX 4G integrated handset, heralded as the world’s first commercial device of its kind, will become available on 26th November to customers of Scartel, which is […]

Vodafone takes brand into Russia, CIS

Russia’s leading mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has partnered with Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenues, to bring the Big V’s brand to Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia. On Thursday, Voda announced that it has struck a strategic, non-equity partnership with MTS, giving the Russian operator access to products, services and […]

VimpelCom shares frozen in Siberia

Confusion continues to reign over the ownership of second placed Russian mobile operator VimpelCom. On Monday, Norwegian carrier Telenor said that it had received notice that a Siberian appeals court has arrested Telenor and Altimo’s (Alfa) shares in VimpelCom, amounting to almost 63 per cent of the company. Using a ruling it obtained in Khanty-Mansiysk […]

Scartel brings mobile WiMAX to Russia

Scartel, which aims to provide broadband internet services in Russia over mobile WiMAX, has announced the pilot launch of 802.16e networks in Moscow and St Petersburg. Using 150 base stations in Moscow and 80 base stations in St Petersburg – all of which are supplied by Samsung and use the 2.5-2.7GHz frequency band – Scartel is able […]

Enforta ramps up WiMAX expansion in Russia

Privately-held Enforta has announced it is expanding its wireless broadband presence to an additional 13 cities in Russia next month. This will extend its reach to a total of 68 cities in the country. The additional 13 cities are scheduled to go live by the end of 2008. This year has been one of rapid […]

MTS brings MySpace to Russian mobiles

Leading Russian mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has teamed up with social networking site MySpace to launch a social platform for mobile internet users. Together the companies plan to create an exclusive WAP-portal for the more than 60 million subscribers of the service. The venture should also allow MTS to investigate new marketing initiatives, such […]

Wifi maverick Fon expands into Russia

Open wifi champion, Fon, said late last week that it has signed a deal to expand into Russia through a partnership with fixed line operator Comstar. The Fon network consists of approximately 230,000 wifi hot spots around the world, and is expanded every time a subscriber attaches a La Fonera wireless router to their broadband […]

MTS switches on 3G in Russia

Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) switched on its 3G network in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday, announcing the commercial availability of high speed wireless services in Russia. The company plans to launch additional 3G networks in over 10 cities during 2008 and in up to 40 cities in Russia through 2009. MTS also holds 3G licenses […]

Virgin brings WiMAX to Russia

A Swiss based telecom holding company, Trivon, has formed a partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to bring WiMAX services to Russia under the Virgin Connect brand. Over the weekend, Trivon, which operates the network, launched services in 32 Russian regions including Moscow, St. Petersburg and the 20 largest cities where it holds the required licences […]

Stepping out on Russia’s stage

The biggest country in the world is making room for WiMAX as Russian operators strive to address the country’s broadband deficit.