MegaFon Russia

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Company Name

MegaFon PAO

Ownership Type

Publicly Traded Company

Ownership/Controlling Entity

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

IoT Technology

Company Overview

MegaFon (МегаФон) is a federal telecommunications operator that occupies leading positions in the telecommunications market in Russia and the world. The company and its subsidiaries operate in all regions of Russia, in the republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. By the end of 2015, the total subscriber base numbered more than 76.8 million people.

The company's shares are traded on the stock exchange in Moscow and London from 2012, in June 2014, securities of MegaFon are listed on the Moscow Stock Exchange's top quotation list. MegaFon is one of the companies with the highest credit rating both in the Russian telecommunications industry and in Russia as a whole.

2G GSM services are provided over the 900 and 1800 MHz bands. In October 2007 MegaFon launched 3G UMTS services over the B1 (2100 MHz) and introduced B8 (900 MHz) in January 2012. 4G LTE was first offered following the 2010 acquisition of WiMAX operator Synterra after which B38 (2600 MHz) TDD was launched in September 2012. MegaFon initially engaged in an MVNO relationship with Yota in 2012 to leverage its LTE network, until acquiring the firm in 2013. The company has progressively rolled out LTE services to all 83 regions over B3 (1800 MHz), B7 (2600 MHz), and B20 (800 MHz). LTE-A was first announced February 2014, and LTE-A Pro in August 2017 which achieved 979 Mbps using 3C, 4X4 MIMO, and 256QAM.

Massive MIMO trials began in June 2017.

MegaFon 5G

MegaFon in conjunction with Huawei achieved a record breaking 35 Gbps for mobile 5G through the use of 2 GHz of bandwidth in the 70 GHz E-band. In July 2017 the Russian SCRF allocated MegaFon spectrum from 3400 to 3800 MHz for the purposes of testing 5G.

In preparation for the 2018 World Cup, MegaFon acquired local operator Neosprint who held 24 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. MegaFon subsequently launched a 5G test network in June 2018 using the newly acquired spectrum.

MegaFon IoT

The company completed its NB-IoT trial phase in October 2017, with a commercial launch taking place in June 2018. The network was first deployed in Innopolis, Tatarstan using B8 (900 MHz), and later expanded to include B3 (1800 MHz) and B20 (800 MHz).

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 2007-10 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
Active
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 2012-09]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
10 MHz Active
20 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 Trialling
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Trialling
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date

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