VimpelCom have no serious LTE plans for 2012-2013

Vimpelcom is in the process of installing LTE RAN in Moscow. It could be LTE 2.5-2.6 GHz network (most probably) or dual band network (LTE 800 / 2.5-2.6). Company still got no exact frequency assignments from the regulator. Start of the service planned for the 1H2013. But I do not expect huge Vimpelcom's LTE networks Russia wide in 2012-2013.

In July, VimpelCom was awarded an LTE license in Russia, allowing the Company to render services using radioelectronic devices in the territory of the Russian Federation. The license allows VimpelCom to provide services via networks that use the LTE standard and its further modifications within the frequency band of 791- 862 MHz (813.5-821/854.5-862 MHz). VimpelCom will start providing services by June 1, 2013 in compliance with the terms of the license. The roll-out of the LTE network will need to occur with a phased approach based on a predefined schedule and must be fully completed by the end of 2019. A further condition of the license award is that VimpelCom will invest at least RUB 15 billion annually until its federal LTE network is built.

The Company is finalizing its LTE investment plan.

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