Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has confirmed that it has launched Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Moscow using the 800MHz frequency band. At launch the network covers approximately 300 population centres. Previously, on 1 January 2015 MTS boosted its Moscow 4G footprint with 1800MHz connectivity. The dual launch means that MTS has effectively doubled its LTE coverage in Moscow and the surrounding region over the last year.
Meanwhile, in a parallel announcement, MTS has announced that, as of 31 December 2014, it offered LTE coverage in 76 of Russia’s 85 regions. Over the twelve-month period, the cellco expanded its overall network by 20% through the installation of 15,000 3G and LTE base stations. 2G and 3G coverage stood at 98% at year-end, while Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ coverage reached 80%. Meanwhile, in terms of its fixed line assets, MTS claimed 160,000km of fibre-optic infrastructure at the end of the year, of which around 40,000km was concentrated in Moscow. The number of households passed in the capital doubled year-on-year, while the volume of internet traffic carried across the telco’s fixed networks increased by 45%.