Just last month, Russia’s Big 4, (major network operators Beeline, Megafon, MTS, and Rostelkom) signed a groundbreaking deal with Yota – owned by Scartel – whereby the latter will wholesale its LTE network to these operators, enabling their 4G services. The major network operators will be MVNOs of Yota with an option to become part owners of Yota’s 4G network; they will probably receive a reduced wholesale rate if they do become part owners.
The Big 4 also formed a consortium to research opportunities and terms for the creation of a high speed 4G network reaching about 100 megabytes per sec. The consortium has until July 1 to prepare proposals for the Russian government for the use of frequencies currently used by the military (790MHz to 862 MHz and 2.5GHz to 2.7GHz); the Big 4 will create a 4G network to LTE standards and terms for competing for the network. This collaboration of the major Russian telecoms operators is intended to bring about one goal: creating an LTE network in the shortest time possible.
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