Russian CDMA operator, Sky Link is to commercially launch BREW wireless data services in 31 regions of the Russian Federation, as well as in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe, including Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Under the terms of the agreement, Sky Link will not only deliver BREW services to subscribers within its network of licensed territories, but also host BREW services on behalf of regional operators to deliver advanced mobile content to millions of people.
Sky Link originally launched BREW services to its subscribers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg in November 2006.
With this latest agreement, BREW data services will be launched within Sky Link's network and partner operator networks by Q3 2008 on a number of BREW devices.
“Since launching BREW in Russia in late 2006, we've had very successful results in offering data services to subscribers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, with the popularity of non-voice data services greatly increasing in other regions of Russia,” said Gulnarah Hasianova, CEO of Sky Link.
“This new agreement greatly expands BREW data services, enabling us to provide content to our subscribers in Russia as well as to the operators we provide voice and data roaming to in Eastern Europe and other regions of the Russian Federation. In addition, with our planned future launch of CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev. A technology, we will be able to offer video services to our subscribers.”
Sky Link Joint-Stock Company was founded in July 2003 to consolidate regional NMT-450 operators and fulfill the project of building a federal cellular network in the CDMA450 standard.