By the end of 2016 the leader in the number of base stations in cellular networks has become a “Megaphone” with 175 700, Comnews reports, citing data from Roskomnadzor. While Tele2 is the number of base stations for the first time surpassed Beeline: the first for the year built 102 700 towers, and the “Beeline” – 102 000 Analysts attribute this to the rapid construction of the Tele2 3G and LTE networks in Russia, particularly in Moscow.
At the end of last year, the share of base stations of mobile communication of standard LTE and its subsequent modifications 20.7% (111 500) of the total number of BS. Share BS of the GSM standard is 43.9% (236 000) of the total number of BS. Electronic tools 3G — 34,6% (600 186).
“The largest number of base stations of standard LTE and its subsequent modifications are recorded in the Central Federal district, there 40,9 thousand”, – stated in the report of Roskomnadzor. In addition to the CFA, many of those BS is in the North-Western and southern Federal district.
Leader in the number of commissioned in 2016 base stations is MegaFon with 175 700 (28 300 more than in 2015). MTS has commissioned 139 600 BS (10 700 more than in 2015), Tele2 – 102 700 BS (22 000 more than in 2015), “Beeline” – 102 000 (11 300 more than in 2015).
In 2015, the leader in the number of base stations of cellular communication was also “the Megaphone” with 147 400 MTS across the country was 128 900 BS, “Beeline” – 90 to 700, and Tele2 – 80 700. In 2016 Tele2 for the first time surpassed the “Beeline” on the number of BS and took the list, third, not fourth place.
In the “Beeline” said that the number of base stations is not a factor in determining the quality of the connection. “Effective use of the lower range of the spectrum and the principles of smart planning gives you the opportunity of a competitive service at a lower investment,” the company said.
By words a press-the Secretary of Tele2 Olga Golosinas, Tele2 ahead of “Beeline” in the number of base stations in the first half of 2016. “The company actively invested in infrastructure to 2016, continuing the construction of new generation networks in the regions and expanding coverage in Moscow and the region, she explained. — In 2016, Tele2 launched 4G network in 10 regions”.
As the head of wireless technologies Department, J’son & Partners Consulting Vitaly Solonin, most likely, the gap between Beeline, and Tele2 will increase, because Tele2 continues to invest in the network. However, it is estimated that the growth rate of the number of base stations in 2017 as a whole will decline due to planned reduction in investment in network development.