Rostelecom, Russia's national telecommunications operator, has rolled out its LTE network in Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The state-controlled operator installed around 40 LTE BTS. The 4G network will cover the territory of 40 km2 in the mountain cluster and 50 km2 in the coastal cluster. Rostelecom expects end-users to experience maximum down/uplink data transmission speeds of 60Mbps/20Mbps. According to ITAR-TASS, a news agency, SIM cards can now be bought at major shopping centres of Krasnodar and Sochi, as well as at mobile phone outlets.
Meanwhile, Rostelecom also said that it had signed a framework agreement with Tele2 Russia that would lead to the integration of their mobile assets. The framework agreement, which was approved by Rostelecom’s board of directors in December 2013, outlines the terms and conditions surrounding the contribution of Rostelecom’s mobile subsidiaries and its integrated mobile assets into the share capital of the joint venture, LLC T2 Rus Holding.