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Russian Defense Ministry: it’s too early for cellular operators to transmit frequencies for 5G used by the military

Operators believe that this range is best suited for deploying fifth-generation networks.

The Ministry of Defense prepared a review of the draft concept for the development and creation of fifth-generation networks in Russia, in which it stated that it was too early for cellular operators to transmit frequencies for 5G (range 3.4-3.8 GHz). This was reported by Vedomosti, citing sources familiar with the situation.

The Ministry of Defense suggested using frequencies for the networks of the fifth generation in the 4.8-4.99 GHz and 27.1-27.5 GHz bands, which were already approved by the State Commission on Radio Frequencies. The Office asked not to rush to use other ranges. A source of Vedomosti, familiar with the document, explained that the frequencies approved by the State Commission are not suitable for mass use.

There is no commercial equipment for the 4.8–4.99 GHz band, and the 27.1–27.5 GHz band is suitable only for local coverage.interlocutor “Vedomosti”

It clarifies that a suitable range of 3.4-3.8 GHz, for which there is already equipment, is occupied by military communications. It can not be used without the transfer of rights from the Ministry of Defense. Representatives of VimpelCom, MTS and MegaFon confirmed that this range is best suited for deploying 5G. VimpelCom added that the long-term transfer of the 3.4-3.8 GHz band to commercial use will lead to the technological lag of Russia, and the introduction of the digital economy will slow down.

On April 4, 2018, the American cellular operator AT & T announced plans to launch a full-scale network launch on 5G technology in 12 US cities by the end of 2018. On April 11, 2019, US mobile operator Verizon will launch 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis. South Korean authorities have postponed the launch of fifth-generation networks, scheduled for March 2019, due to the insufficient level of technological development of smartphones

On September 5, 2018, the government postponed the introduction of fifth-generation networks in million-cities until the end of 2021. The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media believes that it is not necessary to rush into the introduction of 5G – this may not be economically beneficial for mobile operators.


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