|Industry||Telecommunications, consumer electronics, digital distribution|
|Founded||2007 (SLL Scartel)
2008 ИОО «Yota Бел» 
|Area served||Moscow, St. Petersburg, Astrahan, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Kovrov, Kostroma, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Murom, Naberezhnye Chelny, Novosibirsk, Obninsk, Orenburg, Samara, Sochi, Tomsk, Tula, Ufa, Vladivostok, Vladimir, Yoshkar-Ola|
|Key people||Igor Torgov|
|Owner(s)||Telconet Capital Limited Partnership (74,9 %)
Russian Technologies State Corporation (25,1 %, since 2008 )
|Subsidiaries||SLL Scartel (Синамакс and Макмис owned by Scartel )
Scartel Starlab 
ИОО «Yota Бел» (100%)
Yota de Nicaragua (75%)
|Website||yota.ru (Russian), йота.рф (Russian)|
On May 9, 2012, Yota's WiMAX was replaced by its LTE network. By September 2012, 4G commercial maintenance networks were launched in Novosibirsk, Krasnodar, Moscow, Sochi, Samara, Vladivostok, Ufa, Kazan, and St. Petersburg.
Garsdale Services Investment Ltd owns of 100% of the Yota shares and 50% of the MegaFon shares. Garsdale itself is 82% controlled by AF Telecom, 13.5% by Telconet Capital, and 4.5% by the Russian Technologies State Corporation.
In 2006 the co-owner of the St. Petersburg company Korus, Denis Sverdlov, and businessman Sergey Adonev established the first provider of WiMAX, a new data transfer technology. In 2006 WiMAX was rare and only existed in a handful of countries like the United States, India, China, Indonesia, and Taiwan. In fall 2008 Skartel was the first company in Russia to deploy WiMAX standard network in Moscow and St. Petersburg in a range of 2.5-2.7 GHz. In 2010 Yota announced its plans to launch LTE on its network. The first test start of the new standard network took place in Kazan on August 30, 2010. The subscribers gained access to the Internet at a rate of 20-30 Mbit/s. About 150 base stations have been installed in Kazan. The investments into the LTE network deployment constituted $20 million. The fourth generation LTE network, which was tested by the Yota provider in Kazan, has been switched off the next day. At that point, Yota had no interest to use a 4G standard network in a commercial or test mode. Today the users of Yota have access to LTE standard Internet services in nine cities of Russia. By 2014 Yota plans to launch 4G in 180 Russian cities.
Long Term Evolution (LTE)
LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a new stage of 4G wireless communication development and the fastest mobile Internet services. LTE is more advanced and much faster, than the previous standards of communications.
Officially, Novosibirsk was the first Russian city in which the LTE network was deployed, commercially launched on December 22, 2011. Then this new format of communications was adopted in Krasnodar (April 29, 2012), Moscow (May 10, 2012), and Sochi (May 11, 2012). Samara was connected to LTE on May 23, 2013. And later on Ufa and St. Petersburg have also joined this service. LTE network works within a range of 2.5-2.7 GHz, which is one of the ranges, accepted as standard by the International Telecommunication Union. In Russia these frequencies have also been selected by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation for the 4th generation networks.
LTE standard can provide the speed of up to 100 Mbit/s, however Yota provides the speed, limited to 20 Mbit/s in order to prevent the network from overloading and to provide equal LTE access to all the users.
AF-Telecom (Megafon) and Skartel (Yota) concluded the contract on joint development of networks for the fourth generation LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile communications in Russia based on a business model of the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The key idea of the contract is that Megafon has an opportunity to give a telecommunication service of fourth-generation LTE, using Yota equipment, whereas Yota can use Megafon's network infrastructure. The main objective of the alliance is to give the subscribers access to the newest technologies and services, to make them more accessible and attractive at the expense of increased efficiency in capital expenses to build LTE networks and to decrease operational costs. By the same principle Yota cooperates with Rostelecom under the same principle. On July 10, 2012, Megafon and Skartel shareholders declared the end of the transaction, under the results of which the property structure of both the operators is to be changed. The Garsdale Services (based in the British Virgin Islands) will be the owner of 50% plus one share of Megafon and 100% of the Skartel shares. Establishing a holding company helped accelerate the implementation of new technologies in Russia, reduce expenses for building of a LTE network together with the operational costs, reduced final costs of services and ultimately made them more accessible. One condition has been made for to the companies: to provide access to LTE-network for other companies on the model of MVNO—i.e., on equal terms.
In July 2011 Yota presented new family of devices compatible with Yota's 4G WiMAX network. The devices had simple names like "Yota One" and "Yota Many". Unlike previous models, they were designed by the company itself. Shaped like a "plain box", Yota Many is a portable WiFi hotspot device that is smaller than its predecessor.
Yota's primary device is the Modem Yota, which operates on Yota's 4G LTE network and looks like a slightly larger and thicker version of the Yota One.
on December 12 2012, Yota Devices announced the first "YotaPhone" prototype, a unique double-display smartphone. It has an 4.3-inch, HD LCD display on the front and an e-ink display on the back. The prototype runs version 4.2 of the Android operating system. Yota Devices released in February 2013 more information at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Yota Space Festival
The communications process is very important for Yota, which helps it spread its philosophy. For this reason, since 2010 Yota has organized the largest noncommercial international festival of digital art Yota Space in Russia. At a press conference, festival organizers and artists invited from abroad underlined that the amount and quality of multimedia art was unprecedented for Russia. Not only did the festival manage to showcase valuable pieces of art, but it also succeeded in bringing the artists. The Yota Space Festival also has an ongoing educational program featuring presentations, seminars, and lectures for young video artists and designers.
- May 2007 – Yota is founded
- September 2, 2008 – WiMAX network test maintenance officially begins on frequency of 2.5-2.7 GHz in Moscow and St. Petersburg under the Yota brand name
- October 2, 2008 – Begins selling HTC MAX 4G, the first phone with WiMAX support, manufactured by HTC specifically for Yota's users in Russia
- November 1, 2008 – Russian Technologies GoC acquires 25.1% of WiMAX Holding Ltd.
- November 1, 2008 – Begins selling WiMAX modems in St. Petersburg
- December 25, 2008 – Begins selling WiMAX Express-cards for connection to Yota
- December 30, 2008 – "Yota Music" service opens for all Yota subscribers
- March 16, 2009 – Access to Yota services open to everyone (except for Yota TV service, which is only accessible to users of HTC MAX 4G)
- March, 23, 2009 – Begins selling Russia's first WiMAX laptop
- June 1, 2009 – Begins commercial maintenance for natural persons and begins test maintenance in Ufa
- July 6, 2009 – Start of WiMAX modems sales in Ufa.
- August 18, 2009 – Subscriber base exceeds 90,000 persons
- September 28, 2009 – Yota initiates network testing in Krasnodar and Sochi
- October 7, 2009 – Beginning of Yota Egg devices sales
- October 12, 2009 – Begins commercial maintenance in Ufa; subscriber base exceeds 150,000 people
- October 14, 2009 – Reaches the final round of the Mobile Excellence Awards 2009
- November 16, 2009 – Begins test maintenance in Krasnodar and Sochi
- December 3, 2009 – Subscriber base exceeds 250,000 people
- December 16, 2009 – Yota starts network testing abroad, in Managua (capital of Nicaragua).
- January 22, 2009 – Nominated for “Most Demanded Brand in 2009” of the Google Trends award
- March 25, 2010 – Commercial maintenance of WiMAX network in Sochi
- March 29, 2010 – Commercial maintenance of WiMAX network in Krasnodar
- August 27, 2010 – the decision of the court withholds the decision by Roskomnadzor concerning suspension of the license, issued to the Skartel company and enters interlocutory injunctions aimed to prevent the arrangement of previously distributed frequencies before the court hearings termination
- August 30, 2010 – start of network LTE first in Russia in Kazan.
- August 31, 2010 – the first LTE network in Kazan has been closed under the instruction by Roskomnadzor
- December 5, 2010 – Yota Space, the First international festival of surprising technologies and arts has started.
- December 1, 2011 – official start of the Yota network in Belarus.
- March 3, 2011 – In the presence of the prime minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin Yota has signed the agreement with Vympelcom, Megafon, MTS, and Rostelecom telecommunications operators concerning the development of the LTE network in Russia
- June 6, 2011 – Begins selling Yota One and Yota Many products
- July 18, 2011 – Yota Play music service
- October 18, 2011 – Launch of Begunok, a new system of rates change
- November 1, 2011 – Yota Space was nominated for the "Global PR Award during PR Week Awards (the "Oscar of PR")
- January 20, 2012 – Russian Forbes rates Yota as one of the most striking Russian brands of 2011
- April 15, 2012 – LTE network tests have been passed. The new network in Moscow is technically ready for launch
- April 23, 2012 – Yota has launched the maintenance of the first LTE network in Russia in Novosibirsk
- April 29, 2012 – Yota launched the maintenance of LTE network in Krasnodar
- May 10, 2012 – Yota launches the maintenance of LTE network in Moscow
- May 11, 2012 – Yota launched the maintenance of the network in Sochi
- May 23, 2012 – Yota launched in maintenance of the LTE network in Samara
- June 11, 2012 – Yota stops provision of services in Minsk and Grodno
- June 21, 2012 – Organized "Future in Russia", an interactive show in St. Petersburg featuring digital artists such as Musion&Square Zero, Rosegaarde, and Russian Visual Artists; Victor Tsoy's hologram, was showcased singing the song "Gruppa krovi" ("Blood Type"). The festival was organized in association with Forbes
- July 1, 2012 – Closes “Yota Music”
- July 2012 – Strategic alliance with Megafon by combining assets
- July 17, 2012 – Yota launched the maintenance of LTE network in Vladivostok
- July 29, 2012 – Yota launched the maintenance of LTE network in Ufa
- August 30, 2012 – Yota launched the maintenance of LTE network in Kazan
- August 31, 2012 – Yota launched the maintenance of LTE network in St. Petersburg
- October 9, 2012 – Yota first-ever launched technology of mobile communication of LTE-Advanced on a commercial network in Moscow. 11 basic stations participate in start.
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- Yota Egg
- Yota Space - International Digital Arts Festival
- List of deployed WiMAX networks in Russia
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