Mobile WiMax will be launched in the five largest Russian cities in November, 2007, reports Russian IT Review, although Mobile WiMAX products still require WiMAX Forum certification for interoperability.
On Wednesday, the Summa Telecom Company, announced the launch of its own network,having been granted a large frequency resource across Russia. The first cities to be launched in are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok.
Summa Telecom is owned by Russian businessman Ziyavudinu Magomedov, whose principal businesses include oil transport logistics and metals. According to financial newspaper Vedomosti, Summa Telecom was acquired by Magomedov in February 2006. At the time, the only engagement of the company was building fibre-optic networks.
Russia’s Prestige-Internet, operating under the Enforta brand, has completed the first stage of WiMAX technology development by creating WiMAX networks in 15 cities, the company said in a press release last month.
MetroMAX was established in 2005 by private investors to build and operate an IP-based voice and data network in the Samara region of Russia. More than 3 million people currently reside in the region, which covers approximately 536,000 square km. and is a major oil producing and refining center.