Tele2 Launches Russia’s First LTE-450 Network

Tele2 Launches Russia’s First LTE-450 Network Image Credit: Tele2

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.

Sergey Emdin, CEO at Tele2
Innovation and main advantage of the LTE-450 network lies in a fact that subscribers may use mobile service in locations earlier unavailable. Thanks to LTE-450 networks, high-speed wireless Internet will appear in residential areas where digital divide issue is not yet solved as operators see no expediency in rollout of networks at these territories. We consider the technology to be a very promising solution that may be successfully used in such segments as M2M, B2B and B2G.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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