Speaking at the launch of 3G services in St Petersburg yesterday, Russia’s largest mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), announced plans to spend up to USD1.6 billion over the next five years on its W-CDMA network. It has invested 5% of that sum so far. MTS is also planning to launch commercial 3G services to Uzbekistan in the first quarter of 2009 and in Armenia before the end of next year. It also has plans to launch 3G in Belarus, but has not given a timetable for the rollout.
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