3G testing approved

19 Mar 2008

Russia’s Defence Ministry is allowing the country’s trio of 3G licence holders to go ahead with tests of their UMTS mobile networks in the Moscow region. The Ministry has voiced concern that 3G networks could interfere with the military’s anti-missile warning systems, but has now approved tests to see if interference does occur. The decision is a boost for MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon, who are keen to push ahead with the rollout of their W-CDMA infrastructure. A report from Kommersant quotes Valery Butenko, president of the National Radio Association, who said his organisation has been working with the Defence Ministry to allocate frequencies for the 3G networks in Moscow.