By Telegeography Report

Tele2 Russia is poised to roll out 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the disputed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, ComNews.ru reports. Base stations using the 1800MHz band could go live as early as 12 June, otherwise known as Russia Day, a national holiday that has been celebrated by the motherland every year since 1992. The network will initially go live in Simferopol and Sevastopol, the new report adds. Tele2 has been authorised ahead of the self-styled ‘Big Three’ mobile operators – MTS, MegaFon and Vimpelcom – on account of its impending merger with Rostelecom’s mobile assets (while it is noted that MTS Ukraine already operates in the region, as does Vimpelcom’s Ukraine division Kyivstar).

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