Blimey Russia's got 4G! Is Britain in the slow lane while Yota's data network is Putin on the Bitz?

Russian mobile broadband company Yota has clinched a deal with the country's main network operators that makes it the 4G network provider for the Russian telecoms market.

It will roll-out an LTE network to cover 180 cities with a total population of more than 70 million citizens by 2014.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin witnessed the signing of this landmark agreement by the heads of the leading Russian telecoms operators at Yota's Moscow office.

The agreement will see the country's major network operators - Beeline, Megafon, MTS and Rostelekom - working with Yota to offer 4G services over its network.

The deal provides each of the participants with an option to buy shares in Yota in 2014.

Yota says this is the way forward for  telecoms - build one open infrastructure which can be offered to competing service providers.

This was first published in March 2011

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