Russia’s third largest cellular operator says it has launched the country’s first commercial 3G services. MegaFon says it has switched on UMTS networks in parts of St Petersburg and plans to expand to 16 regions during 2008 as part of a USD1 billion three-year 3G rollout programme. Russia’s other two next generation licence holders, MTS and Vimpelcom, are still testing their own UMTS systems and have yet to reveal their commercial launch schedules.
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