The Ministry of Communications insists on a single 5G network instead of several

The Ministry of Communications insists on a single 5G network instead of several

Anna Savelyeva

The agency does not support the plans of fifth-generation operators in Russia and refuses to allocate frequencies without competition. “Big Four” is not jokingly worried about the prospect of falling behind
5G development.

According to the government’s idea, frequencies will be allocated without bidding to one operator, and he, in turn, will have to give access to a single network to all comers. Earlier, the market agreed on the concept
development of 5G networks, according to which Vimpelcom (Beeline), Rostelecom, MegaFon and MTS will create joint ventures to release the necessary frequencies. Subsequently, each participant will be able to build their own networks.
However, in the latest version, the Ministry of Communications returned to the idea of ​​an infrastructure operator.

The ministry found it inappropriate to set up a joint venture just to clear the frequencies. Yes, and clear anything: 3.4-3.8 GHz fully closed, 700 MHz consistent, and conversion,
the plan now being developed can only be implemented in the 4.8-4.99 GHz band. According to Oleg Ivanov, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications, this could
to engage the already existing LTE Union formed by T2 RTK Holding, MegaFon, MTS and VimpelCom for the same purposes with 4G implementation.

He also stressed that the option with the infrastructure operator will help participants to reduce costs by one and a half or two times compared to the construction of individual networks, and to create infrastructure
rather. According to the Ministry of Communications, the independent construction in Moscow will cost about 157.6 billion rubles by 2024, while a single network will cost 55.4 billion rubles. But if the operators
do not agree, do not see them frequencies.

“It’s one thing to create an industry-wide organization that gives access to 5G networks to everyone, and another thing – when specific companies try to share frequencies,
everyone is in their interests, ”RBC quotes him.

Operators, in turn, believe that this approach will not allow them to “flexibly choose in which regions, with whom, and under what conditions, to jointly develop 5G, as this is the key to maintaining
competition. Also, in their view, the concept will not solve the problem of spectrum shortages to ensure the fast-growing traffic flow, and simply delay the start of the standard. even
if they agree on the infrastructure operator and the single network, it still relies on frequencies.

5G, Operator, Telecommunications

5G in Russia

MTS | MTS, Megafone | Megaphone, Rostelecom | Rostelecom C, Beeline | Beeline

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