MTS LAUNCHES LTE-1800 IN SAINT PETERSBURG
Thursday, February 19, 2015
We have now launched LTE networks in the 1800 MHz range in Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The new LTE-1800 network complements our existing networks in the 2600 MHz and 800 MHz ranges to ensure greater coverage throughout the region. The network also allows us to off-load traffic from our 3G networks to provide higher data transfer speeds for all MTS customers in the region.
Around 10% of the LTE base stations in the areas of peak demand in central St. Petersburg and the larger population centers of the Leningrad Region currently support 1800 MHz range networks. We plan to extend the LTE-1800 network’s coverage across the other regions of the North-Western Federal District over the course of 2015.
In 2014, we established LTE network coverage throughout Saint Petersburg, including its suburbs as well as in over 100 population centers across the Leningrad Region, increasing the total number of base stations in the region by 40%.
Previously, MTS launched LTE-1800 networks in the Moscow Region and in Ufa. Overall, by the end of 2014, MTS operated LTE networks in 76 of Russia’s 85 regions.