Russian regulator rejects 3.5GHz 5G trial applications

6 Aug 2019

Russia’s Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media (a.k.a. the Ministry of Communications or Minkomsvyaz) has rejected a series of 3.5GHz trial applications from the country’s major players, denying them access to 5G-suitable frequencies for testing purposes. The rejected applications were revealed in the minutes covering the watchdog’s 25 July meeting, as published on its website on 1 August. In each case, the regulator says that the decision was made ‘on the basis of a negative opinion on the possibility of allocating a radio frequency band’.

MegaFon had two applications rejected, covering spectrum in the 3481.125MHz-3498.875MHz and 3581.125MHz-3600MHz bands (alongside a broader 3.4GHz-3.8GHz request), at locations including Moscow and St. Petersburg;

Rostelecom had two applications rejected, covering spectrum in the 3400MHz-3440MHz, 3440MHz-3450MHz, 3500MHz-3545MHz and 3545MHz-3550MHz bands (alongside a broader 3.4GHz-3.8GHz request); locations included Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan;

VimpelCom (Beeline) had two applications rejected covering spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan); and

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) had one application rejected, covering the 3400MHz-3800MHz band (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan).