The State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) has opted not to provide Rostelecom, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and VimpelCom (Beeline) with the spectrum they requested for the testing of 5G wireless technology, CNews reports. At a meeting held on 28 December 2017, the watchdog deemed that the award of the requested frequencies (see below) would interfere with the operations of Roskosmos and the Federal Protective Service (FSO).
The operators had requested the following spectrum:
MTS: 27.5GHz-28.35GHz in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi;
VimpelCom: 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 25.25GHz-29.5GHz in Moscow and Moscow Region, St Petersburg and Leningrad Region, Voronezh, Samara, Tatarstan, Krasnodar and Stavropol; and
Rostelecom: 3.4GHz-3.6GHz and 3.6GHz-3.8GHz in Moscow, Skolkovo, Krasnogorsk, Kazan, Innopolis, St Petersburg, Belgorod, Shuya, Ivanovo, Kaliningrad and Svetlogorsk.
The refusal means that MegaFon is the only company in possession of so-called ‘5G’ spectrum, having been awarded 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 25.25GHz-29.50GHz frequencies by the SCRF back in July 2017.