Apple’s iOS 8 lifted all restrictions with LTE-network in Russia




IPhone users will be able to connect to a non-certified LTE networks Russian operators, after the operating system iOS 8. This may affect the quality of the devices, but Apple claims to remove the part of the Ministry of Communications, the company promises “stringent checks” imports.


September 17th, Apple released iOS update 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. On devices running the new operating system is able to use LTE without restrictions and with SIM-cards of any operator offering this data transmission technology, told representatives of several mobile operators, the Ministry of Communications Officer and confirmed the manager who is familiar with the business Apple. Connect to non-certified network LTE, providing data transfer at speeds of the order of 150 Mbit / s, it is possible in the setup menu. The user will be warned that the connection can affect battery life, calls, text messages, voice mail, and cellular data transmission. Work in an LTE network in such a way it will be possible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad and iPad mini, equipped with chip LTE, as well as not yet enrolled in selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Representatives of MTS, “Beeline”, “Megaphone” and Yota promise that Apple gadgets will work on their LTE-networks. However, on the official Apple site there is no information on the work of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in LTE-networks of any Russian operators.

Trouble connecting the Apple devices to the Russian LTE networks emerged in October 2013, with the release of iPhone 5c and 5s, reminds K ommersant. Users will not be able to connect to the network because of a software lock for several months, until Apple has tested the network LTE «Big Three” for their certification. As explained at Apple, the company wanted to make secure connections, as in the absence thereof, the people blame the problem of the device manufacturer and not the cellular operator. As a result, network connectivity LTE «Beeline” held in December, and to the networks of LTE «MegaFon” and MTS – in late January. In addition to the “big three” LTE network build and small mobile operators (“Tattelecom», Yota), but Apple has not qualified these networks. At the same time, representatives of LG, Nokia, Samsung, HTC «promptly opened LTE remotely or sent their experts to conduct the test,” said a representative part of the “Tattelecom” mobile operator “SMARTS Kazan”.

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September 11 head Minkomsvyazi Nikolai Nikiforov demanded Apple to include support of “several small LTE networks in Russia.” Otherwise, he pledged to “more stringent checks whether all imported phones support the whole range of networks working here.” On the same day on the site Ministry of Communications published a proposal, according to which all put into circulation on the Russian market of mobile phones should be guaranteed to support the communication and transmission of information in all the networks. A source in the Ministry of Communications noted that the chip-sets modern smartphones supports all LTE-ranges and “the question of their inclusion remains on the manufacturer’s conscience.”

IOS update 8 removes problems connecting to LTE, and confirmed by representatives of Yota “Tattelecom”. “We received an official letter from Apple’s problem-solving function in our LTE network operating system iOS 8” – said the director of marketing for “Tattelecom” Alexander Smirnov. In fact, the Ministry of Communications confirmed that they no longer have a claim to Apple on this issue. “We welcome the prompt reaction of Apple», – said the press service of the Ministry of Communications.

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