"VimpelCom" launched a new LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology within the Garden Ring in Moscow into commercial sevice. Earlier, "MegaFon" launched the area of LTE-A network support in the capital.
Sergey Rubtsov, Regional Director of the Moscow region of "VimpelCom" announced that yesterday at a press conference dedicated to the commercial launch of the new technology. According to him, the LTE-A is supported only by Samsung Galaxy Alpha yet, which will appear in all "VimpelCom" sales and services offices and in the "Know How" salons on September 18th. The cost will be 25k rubles.
According to J’son & Partners Consulting department head Yevgeny Alminov, the appearance of LTE-A networks in Russia will no seriously impact the competitive situation in the mid-term outlook. “In the near future, the competitive pattern will rather depend on operators’ efforts aimed at LTE-A networks coverage enhancement and, indeed, on the availability of equipment refinancing schemes in the operators”, – says Alminov.