Tele2, an alternative mobile operator in Russia has launched the country's first LTE network in the 450 MHz spectrum in the Tver and Novgorod regions under the Skylink brand. By the end of June, the company will also launch LTE networks in the 450 MHz spectrum in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, and in the Moscow Region by July.
The key advantage of the LTE-450 network is a high-quality coverage and high-speed data even in remote residential areas and villages with no stable GSM coverage and high-bandwidth Internet. Thus, a base station working in the 450 MHz spectrum is able to cover the territory with a radius up to 20 km, which exceeds 5-6 times compared to a 4G LTE base station operating on a 2600 MHz spectrum band.
Tele2 is the only mobile operator in Russia that has the 450 MHz spectrum band, which it received as part of Tele2 and Rostelecom JV. Apart from providing high-speed mobile Internet to individuals, the company is planning to enter the B2B segment. The operator is also planning to launch an MVNO project aimed at the development of special purpose networks for governmental and security bodies. Wide coverage is opening new opportunities in the M2M segment – in transport, banking and other spheres, said Tele2.