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RBC, 12.03.2012, Moscow. Russia's State Radio Frequencies Committee (SRFC), a public organization tasked with allotting radio frequencies, is mulling the deployment of an additional band, which is to be used to roll out LTE networks in Russia, and could pave the way for several new operators into the market, RBC Daily reported today.
LTE networks in Russia are currently being developed by the three major mobile operators MTS, VimpelCom, and MegaFon, as well as incumbent telecommunications operator Rostelecom and Scartel, which operates under the Yota brand.
SRFC experts issued a report saying that the frequencies currently used by WiMAX networks, which are set to be phased out in the near future, could be used by other operators interested in deploying an LTE network. Tele2 Russia, the Russian subsidiary of Swedish telecommunications operator Tele2, and SMARTS, a regional mobile operator, said they were interested in obtaining LTE licenses.