First commercial LTE network launched in CIS
We somehow got used to the fact that all sorts of technological innovations first appear in Moscow, and then in other cities and CIS countries. That was usually the case when it came to high-speed Internet, wireless, and more. But this time, everything is somewhat different: MTS decided to launch the fourth-generation LTE network in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, in commercial operation. The promised connection speed to such a network is about 100 megabits per second, the LTE frequency range is 2.5-2.7 GHz.
Interestingly, the hardware for the rapid deployment of the LTE network in Tashkent was provided by Huawei. Unfortunately for many residents of Tashkent, now the network operates only in the center of the capital of Uzbekistan, but soon, according to the statement of the MTS management, the coverage will be significantly expanded, covering almost the entire city.
Currently, there is active talk that LTE is about to appear in Russia. The President of the Russian Federation was even asked to assist in the allocation of the above frequency range to create a federal broadband access network. The Osnova Telecom company is now engaged in this, which, however, has not yet made an official statement to the Ministry of Communications.
The problem with the deployment of LTE networks in Russia is that the necessary range is occupied by the Ministry of Defense, an organization that is not particularly famous for its compliance. Now it seems like the range is really being freed up for civilian use, and representatives of the Big Three, plus some other organizations, have already expressed their interest in obtaining work permits in this range.
Interestingly, in Europe, the first commercial LTE network was launched in 2009, in December. The network was deployed by TeliaSonera in Stockholm and Oslo. The speed of this network is similar to Tashkent. In the same year, it promises to launch an LTE network and one of the largest US mobile operator Verizon. Perhaps, by the end of the year, Yota will deploy its own LTE network in five cities of Russia. According to the management, the brand-owned frequencies will be used to deploy the LTE network.
Well, in the meantime, we will rejoice for the comrades in sunny Tashkent - we hope that soon all this will appear with us.