During the Forum on Digital Transformation, Maksut Shadayev, the head of the RF Ministry of Digital Affairs, announced that the frequency range of 4.7-4.9 GHz would be completely allocated for the development of 5G networks in Russia.
“We have approved a spectrum conversion plan for 4.7-4.9 GHz. The necessary funds have been allocated in order to develop models of weapons and military equipment that will “go” to other bands and 4.7-4.9 GHz will be completely freed to us, – he noted. – In this sense, if we are not talking about the fact that, of course, the “golden band” would be a priority for us, then work on 4.7-4.9 GHz has already been built, and in my understanding of some technical difficulties we have associated with the execution of work to release this full range should not arise. “
The launch of fifth-generation cellular networks in Russia has been delayed due to difficulties in allocating frequencies. The priority spectrum for 5G is 3.4-3.8 GHz, but it is occupied by various special services and law enforcement agencies. The issue of releasing this range for 5G has been discussed for a long time, but at the end of August, Oleg Ivanov, the deputy head of the Ministry of Digital Industry in charge of communications, noted that the communications equipment currently operating in the 3.4-3.8 GHz range from military and other services is difficult to convert, and in some cases it is simply impossible.
Therefore, while Russian cellular operators are testing fifth-generation communications in other bands: 25.25-27.5 GHz and 4.9 GHz, but they can only be used as additional to the main range. At the end of July, MTS announced that it had received the first license in Russia to provide 5G / IMT-2020 mobile communications services in the 24.25-24.65 GHz range in 83 regions of the country. Sustainable coverage of the network of such a connection of 10 cities with a population of one million should be provided by 2022, and in all 15 cities of Russia with a population of 1 million or more – by 2024.
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