Finland coordinates use of 800MHz spectrum with Russia

21 Dec 2010

An agreement has been reached between Finnish and Russian spectrum authorities which will allow Finland to use the 800MHz frequency band for the provision of mobile services. Cellular-News reports that the agreement was reached in Moscow at a meeting of the working group on frequency management, a body operating under the Finnish-Russian Commission for Economic Cooperation. Although a decision had already been made in Finland to allocate the 800MHz frequency band to new, high speed wireless networks, in Russian the same band is used by air navigation systems, therefore requiring frequency coordination between the two countries. Test use must not interfere with frequency use in Russia, or the current use in Finland. It is now possible that Finland will begin the rollout of Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial networks using 800MHz spectrum, which has lower deployment costs than use of the 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency ranges.