Regulator denies LTE revocation rumours

16 Jul 2013

Russia’s Communications and Mass Media Ministry will not consider the withdrawal of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) frequencies from Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), MegaFon, Vimpelcom and Rostelecom, minister Nikolai Nikiforov told the Prime business news agency. ‘There is no such issue as withdrawing frequencies in the lower range for LTE in the agenda of the State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC),’ he stressed. However, Nikiforov reiterated that the conversion of frequencies is ‘a very slow process’ and the government needs to find a way to make is faster.

Earlier this month TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that the Ministry of Communications (MinSvyaz) had sent a draft proposal to the president’s office concerning a possible ‘redistribution of frequencies for the construction of a pan-Russian 4G LTE mobile network’.