Russian 5G mmWave auction likely to be scrapped, report says

21 Feb 2020

Russia’s proposed auction of 5G-suitable millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum in the 25.25GHz-27.5GHz band – which was earmarked to take place in 1Q20 – is likely to be scrapped, RBC reports, citing documentation from the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF). As per the document, the mmWave frequencies will now be assigned to interested parties without a bidding process. In addition, the watchdog plans to allocate spectrum in the 24.65GHz-29.5GHz band to New Digital Solutions (a joint venture between Rostelecom and MegaFon) for 5G testing. This spectrum will be made available for testing purposes until March 2021. RBC claims that a final decision on the mmWave spectrum will be made at the SCRF’s next meeting, which will take place on 10 March.