Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) will consider allocating additional frequencies for testing fifth-generation networks in the 3.4GHz-4.2GHz, 4.4GHz-4.99GHz and 24.25GHz-29.5GHz bands to Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), Beeline (PJSC VimpelCom) and Tele2 Russia, TelecomDaily reports. The SCRF plan involves the current holder of the test spectrum – the State Enterprise Radio Research Institute – working together with any of the operating trio registering interest in the scheme. A meeting on the matter is scheduled for 31 October.
Separately, the SCRF is examining a proposal for Beeline to test 5G in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz, 4.4GHz-4.5GHz and 25.25GHz-29.5GHz bands in Moscow city, Moscow region, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk region, Republic of Tatarstan and Krasnodar region.
Previous applications from MTS and Beeline for additional 5G test frequencies were rejected by the SCRF, whilst spectrum was allocated to rival MegaFon which has been testing 5G in collaboration with nationwide telco Rostelecom. At the upcoming meeting, the SCRF will also discuss the progress reports of MegaFon and Rostelecom.