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MTS and VimpelCom to Share LTE Radio Spectrum

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Two of Russia's largest mobile network operators, MTS and VimpelCom has expanded an agreement to jointly build a LTE network.

The companies have now agreed to share LTE spectrum in the 2600 MHz range in 20 Russian regions beginning in 2016. Spectrum sharing will allow operators to double data transfer speeds available to the subscribers at peak speeds of 150 Mb/s.

MTS and VimpelCom have signed an addendum to their agreement on joint planning, development and usage of LTE networks, which they signed in 2014. Both companies plan to start utilizing the 10 MHz bandwidth each of the operator owns in 20 Russian regions upon obtaining all required permissions in the second half of 2016.

The addendum expires at the end of 2021 and can be extended and expanded to cover more regions.

On December 19, 2014, MTS and VimpelCom announced the signing of a partnership agreement to jointly plan, develop and use LTE networks in Russia. Under the agreement, in 2014 - 2016, MTS is developing shared mobile data networks in 19 regions in Russia, while VimpelCom is constructing networks in 17 regions. Under the agreement, operators are sharing base stations, sites, transport networks and other infrastructure in 36 regions. The agreement was signed for a period of seven years and can be extended. The agreement doesn't preclude either company from developing their own networks to ensure LTE coverage in the designated regions. During 2015, jointly operated LTE networks have been launched in 31 regions.

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