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Russian telco launches first LTE network in CIS

MTS launches first commercial LTE network in Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States

Russian telco MTS launched the first commercial LTE network in Russia and the CIS.
Russian telco MTS launched the first commercial LTE network in Russia and the CIS.

Mobile TeleSystems, a leading mobile operator in Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), announced the launch a 4G network in Uzbekistan.

The LTE network, which is the first fully operational 4G network in the CIS and central Asia, is currently deployed in the central part of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The company plans to expand network coverage in the coming months.

The LTE network allows MTS's subscribers to enjoy data transfer rates of up to 100 Mbps using LTE-enabled modems.

"The development of our networks is a key driver for growth, particularly in a region with relatively low-fixed line broadband penetration," said Оleg Raspopov, vice president and head of business unit for MTS's foreign subsidiaries.

"By bringing LTE to the market, we can offer both our business and individual customers the fastest, most reliable broadband access in the region. The introduction of LTE in Uzbekistan will also allow MTS to gain valuable insight from this unique experience and eventually apply it to other markets of operation in the future," he added.

The network is deployed in the 2.5-2.7 GHz frequency range following receipt of the license by MTS Uzbekistan in October 2009. The equipment for the 4G network was supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei.