Russian operator MegaFon has launched a commercial LTE Advanced network delivering speeds of up to 300Mb/s.
The network uses equipment supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei, and offers high speed Internet access using the latest LTE Advanced (Cat 6) standard.
To build the new standard network, MegaFon is using a unique combination covering a spread of 2,600Mhz of its own band spectrum and the frequency resource of Scartel as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Data costs on the new network will be the same as for 3G and 4G.
“We are moving to modernise this network and commercially launching the world’s fastest network using the latest LTE Advanced standard. Our clients will be the first in the world to get access to the incredible opportunities offered by wireless Internet at up to 300Mb/s”, said Mikhail Dubin, Executive Director, Consumer Business, OJSC MegaFon.
The new network currently works within the Garden Ring in Moscow, Russia. Throughout 2014, network coverage will be expanded to encompass the entire area within the Moscow Automobile Ring Road (MKAD). In future, the company plans to expand coverage to include Russia’s largest cities.
A new brand name, 4G+, has been developed specifically to promote mobile Internet from MegaFon. The new brand’s main aim will be to demonstrate the speeds possible using MegaFon that are as yet unachievable for other telecom providers.
The new network’s capabilities were first demonstrated during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Throughout the Olympics, specialists from MegaFon and Huawei tested how the new network works at the heavy loads typical of large events. The results of these tests will be used to build and modernise the new standard network in the capital and other regions.