LTE Portal, citing a ComNews article, claims that Russian operator Yota is planning to release its own LTE smartphone by the end of 2011. According to Yota’s CEO Denis Sverdlov, this new Android-based LTE phone will be developed almost exclusively by Yota. The release of the smartphone in 2011 is scheduled to coincide with Yota’s launch of its commercial LTE network in Kazan, Russia.