Tele2 launched its first 3G-network, LTE promises in December




Association with mobile assets “Rostelecom” enabled Tele2 to launch data services. Its first 3G-network operator launched in St. Petersburg until the end of 2015. Tele2 plans to provide mobile Internet access based on 3G and 4G (LTE) in more than 50 regions of Russia.


His first network 3G (UMTS), which allows to provide subscribers with access to the mobile Internet, the company “T2 RTC Holding” (brand Tele2) launched in St. Petersburg, before Tele2 has provided services exclusively on technology 2G (GSM, 900/1800 MHz).

Over the next year the mobile Internet from Tele2 will be available in more than 50 regions of Russia. So, in December of this year, the operator plans to launch 3G network in Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk and Tambov. In Tula end of the year on the GSM-frequencies earn 4G network by the principle of technological neutrality. In 20 major cities Tele2 plans to build LTE network in 2015.

Even with the mobile assets of “Rostelecom┬╗ Tele2 will be difficult to catch up with the “big three”, especially given that the operator does not provide services in Moscow, the most lucrative market of Russia. To close the gap, it will take years, and it is unclear how long the shareholders will be ready to support investments with a negative operating profit, writes ” Kommersant “.

According to the program of capital construction of 3G networks over the next three years the company intends to build more than 80 000 base stations throughout Russia. How many base stations now, the operator is not disclosed, but a person close to Tele2, said that tens of thousands. According to reports, MTS only about 100,000 base stations, the “Beeline” – more than 70 000 without LTE. “Megafon” the total number of base stations is not disclosed, but reports that at the end of 2013 was 43,416 base stations of the third and fourth generations.

“Megafon” does not say, do a real threat coming construction Tele2. In the “Beeline” believe that the best companies in terms of coverage dual-band LTE network in Moscow – a key market for all operators. MTS Tele2 to exceed the number of base stations and at times aggressive MTS continues to build, the company says.

Data transfer in 3G-networks is no longer the fastest growing segment, the press service of the MTS: “We have seen a ten percent increase in weekly traffic in LTE network since its commercial launch, 3G traffic in recent years has increased annually by 2-2.5 times. ” More and more users prefer the speed of the fourth generation, agree to the “MegaFon”. “Beeline” relies on the quality of its 3G services, the company says. “The segment of mobile Internet is the highest priority and shows the highest growth in all key metrics – subscriber base, revenue, traffic,” – noted in the press service of the company.

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