Beeline gets 5G 25GHz-27GHz frequencies for six regions, signs 5G pact with Moscow authorities

18 Dec 2018

Russia’s State Commission for Radio Frequencies has allocated mobile operator Beeline (PJSC VimpelCom) 5G-suitable test frequencies in the 25.25GHz-27.5GHz range in metropolitan Moscow and St. Petersburg plus the regions of Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tatarstan Republic and Krasnodar, TelecomDaily reports. The allocations have been made under a communications ministry policy to issue 5G spectrum permits to specific geographical areas where applicants must provide financial justification for the use of the resource.

Beeline has also signed a five-year renewable agreement with the Moscow authorities under which it will deploy a pilot 5G network in the capital next year alongside NB-IoT, Smart City and virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) solutions. In May this year rival MegaFon signed a similar agreement with the Moscow government to deploy a 5G pilot network by the end of Q3 2019 and a commercial network by 2022.