Big two confirm 3G interest

25 Oct 2006

Russia’s 3G licensing is one step nearer, with the State Radio Frequency Commission having announced the frequency allocations for next-generation services. The Commission will offer an unspecified number of concessions in the 1.935GHz-1.980GHz, 2.010GHz-2.025GHz and 2.125GHz-2.170GHz bands. Prime Tass reports that three licences are expected to be auctioned. The country’s two largest cellular operators, MTS and Vimpelcom, confirmed to the news agency that they intend to bid for 3G licences, while the third-largest operator, MegaFon, has made no comment on its plans. More details of the auction process are expected to be announced next month.