Beeline Russia

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Company Name

PJSC VimpelCom

Ownership/Controlling Entity



3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

PJSC VimpelCom, trading as Beeline (Билайн), is the third largest mobile carrier operating in the Russian Federation. The brand was launched in 1993, shortly following VimpelCom's foundation in 1992, and initially provided a 1G AMPS cellular network.

Today PJSC VimpelCom (Beeline) is a member of the VEON Ltd. group of companies. VEON Ltd. is a global provider of communications, with the desire to be the first in personal Internet services for more than 235 million customers that the company serves at the moment, and for many others in the coming years. Headquarters of VEON Ltd. is in Holland, in Amsterdam. Shares of VEON Ltd. are listed on the NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam exchanges.

2G GSM services are provided over the 900 and 1800 MHz bands. In September 2008 Beeline launched 3G UMTS services over the B1 (2100 MHz), upgrading to HSPA+ in 2012, and DC-HSPA+ in 2013. The company introduced B8 (900 MHz) in January 2012.

4G LTE was commercially launched in Moscow in May 2013 over the B7 (2600 MHz) FDD band, and progressively extended outwards over the following years. In August 2014 Beeline announched LTE-A 2C carrier aggregation of B7 (2600 MHz) with a new B20 (800 MHz) service to provide peak data rates of up to 110 Mbps. The company secured additional licences to extend its B3 (1800 MHz) LTE network in October 2015 following a national spectrum auction.

To provide national coverage Beeline holds spectrum sharing arrangements with competitors MTS and Tele2, with agreements in place to extend services in 31 and 27 regions respectively. Beeline also holds a network sharing arrangement with MegaFon covering over 1,300 LTE 1800 base stations in at least 10 regions.

In January 2017 the company announced testing of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and LTE-Advanced Pro (4.5G) technologies, along with both NB-IoT (Cat-NB1) and eMTC (Cat-M1) IoT network deployments. Beeline announced successful demonstration of LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) in October 2017, combining 20 MHz of 5 GHz spectrum with 10 MHz of B7 (2600 MHz) to achieve 480 Mbps peak downlink data rates.

Beeline 5G

In December 2018 Russia's SCRF allocated Beeline spectrum from 25.25 to 27.5 GHz for the purposes of 5G testing. Beeline submitted further applications for 5G test spectrum in the 3400 to 3800 MHz and 4400 to 4500 MHz ranges.

Beeline IoT

The company began commercial trials of NB-IoT over the B20 (800 MHz) band in June 2018. Further trials were conducted in partnership with Elster Metronika in October 2018.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2008-11 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2013-05]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
10 MHz Active
10 MHz Active
5 MHz Active
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Planned
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Trialling
Band Launch Date -

Services Available

As specialists in 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular technologies, our R-Spectrum team provides in-country technical services to most regions around the world. Operating on a contract basis we are often sent to remote and isolated regions to assist companies in establishing voice and data communications.

Through our R-Spectrum team, we help our clients visualise and understand mobile signal issues by offering a range of radio frequency modelling services for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular technologies. The first step to solving any problem is to understand the problem.