State-owned telecoms giant Rostelecom has announced that it has inaugurated commercial HSPA+ services in the Irkutsk region, through its subsidiary, Baikalwestcom. The network, which supports downlink transmission speeds of up to 21Mbps, currently comprises 300 base stations across ‘several cities and towns’, equivalent to 70% of the region’s population. The network will be further extended in the first quarter of 2013. As previously stated, the telco is planning to launch 3G services in 26 Russian regions in 2013.
Pavel Zaitsev, senior vice president of Rostelecom, commented: ‘Our subsidiary, Baikalwestcom, has historically been a regional mobile market leader, and the launch of this next generation network will further strengthen its position. Since the network’s test launch mobile data traffic has almost doubled and we are confident that demand for mobile internet will continue growing rapidly thanks to our competitive tariff plans for this service’.