Russia’s largest operator MTS launched the country’s first TD-LTE network with aim to cover 96% of the Moscow territory by the end of this year. The equipment provided by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is capable of speeds of up to 100Mb/s, allowing users to watch HD videos while on the go.
The carrier secured the TD-LTE spectrum in the 2595-2620 MHz band in February but is also believed to be close to a deal with Yota to build a shared FDD-LTE network covering 180 Russian cities by 2014.
The idea behind such a deal was for the operators to save some cash on building their own LTE networks. However, the project has run into problems with some of the operators reportedly looking to launch LTE outside of this arrangement.