Rostelecom, Tele2 kick off UCS 2.0 wireless broadband programme

15 Apr 2021

Russia’s Rostelecom has signed a contract with the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications & Mass Media marking the official launch of the Universal Communication Services 2.0 (UCS 2.0) programme to eliminate digital inequality, including the deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure in small settlements of 100-500 population in partnership with the telco’s mobile subsidiary Tele2 Russia. Rostelecom’s announcement says that by the end of 2021, new 4G LTE base stations will be deployed in 1,198 settlements under UCS 2.0, giving access to mobile voice and high speed wireless internet, and by 2030 the scheme will have improved communications in 24,000 settlements. Base stations will use Rostelecom’s 2300MHz-2400MHz frequency range and will largely be connected via fibre-optic backhaul. For the project, Rostelecom adds that Tele2 ‘acts as a competence centre: agreeing on a design solution and forming a task for contractors, planning a network architecture, accepting sites and supplying equipment for network construction’.