Deputy PM hopeful part of the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band could become available

5 Sep 2019

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has told newspaper Vedomosti that limited frequencies within the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz spectrum band could potentially be converted to 5G mobile usage in large cities, although the bulk of the band is likely to remain allocated to special satellite communications for military/intelligence usage. The conversion of the entire 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band represents a major obstacle as it would involve replacement of all the satellite equipment, Borisov noted.

Meanwhile, Russia’s ‘big four’ cellcos MTS, MegaFon, Beeline and Tele2 have agreed to work together on ‘clearing’ frequencies at 3.5GHz-3.8GHz for 5G network development, Tele2’s parent Rostelecom’s president Mikhail Oseevsky told reporters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, as reported by ComNews. Russia’s draft roadmap for the development of wireless technologies says that clearance of the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 694MHz-790MHz bands for 5G should be completed in 2019-2022.