Yota dumps WiMAX in favor of LTE

Russian WiMAX operator, Yota, has decided to go with LTE instead of WiMAX in rolling out their network. They will spend an estimated $100 million building the LTE network in five Russian cities (read more here). Those of you who loved the design of the Yota Egg (see below), the portable WiMAX-to-WiFi converter, will probably see it again, but as an LTE-to-WiFi converter.

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Background on Yota

Yota is the name of the mobile broadband service offered by Scartel LLC (owned by WiMAX Holding Ltd.). When Yota launched, many in Russia were convinced it would have limited financial success in Moscow and St. Petersburg because ot be as successful in Moscow and St. Petersburg (a) wired broadband service is inexpensive in those cities and (b) once the dispute with the Russian military over 3G frequencies ends and more spectrum is allocated for 3G and 4G use, mobile broadband will be just as fast, cheaper and more ubiquitous (more competition for Scartel). I do not have the data to assess whether or not it has been a big success. But it is clear they are going after something much bigger .

Yota and Clearwire signed a roaming agreement at 4G World 2009 to allow Clearwire gear to work on Yota network and vice versa. Since then, Clearwire has dropped hints that it may move to LTE (see Clearwire: Clearing the Decks for LTE?). What is going to happen to WiMAX?


  1. C.S. Puglio says

    Yada, yada, yada,
    The handwriting is on the wall… No future for WiMAX. Read ’em and weep Intel.