J’son & Partners Consulting presents preliminary results of the research on Development of LTE-Technologies in Russian Regions - LTE-Coverage Rating of Russian Regions, Results of 2014.
By December 2014, commercial LTE networks operated in all Russian regions excluding only Kamchatka region, Magadan region, Chukotka and Nenets. By number of 4G covered regions MTS is a leader (76 regions), next are Megafon (72 regions) and Vimpelcom (44 regions). Tele2 launched commercial LTE only in Tula. Each local operator – Vainakh Telecom, Motiv and Tattelecom had launched LTE-network in one region – the Chechen Republic, Sverdlovsk region and the Republic of Tatarstan accordingly.
According to preliminary estimations made by J'son & Partners Consulting, Megafon was a leader by number of 4G base stations (BS) at the end of 2014. Together with its subsidiary Skartel (Yota) operator deployed around 15 thousand BS or around 41% of all LTE BS in Russia/ Next is MTS (around 13.6 BS, 37%) and Vimpelcom (around 7 thousand BS, 19%).