Russian cellco MegaFon has been issued a trial allocation of 5G frequencies for operating pilot services during next year’s football World Cup being hosted by the Federation. The State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) has confirmed the allocation of spectrum within the 3400MHz-3800MHz band for 5G ‘fixed communications’ and frequencies within the 25250MHz-29500MHz range for 5G mobile network deployment, TDaily reports.
All the major Russian cellcos are currently testing the capabilities of pre-5G/5G technologies, including Tele2 Russia, which yesterday highlighted its latest network laboratory demonstrations under the framework of its 5G cooperation agreement with Nokia signed in 2016. One 5G demo involved controlling unmanned vehicles, whilst Tele2/Nokia also presented a fully automated surveillance and intelligent perimeter protection system. Equipment used included Nokia’s AirFrame/Mobile Edge Computing systems, and Nokia AirScale technology operating in the 4.5GHz band, utilising an 8×8 MIMO configuration (using eight base station antennas).