For this, they received a temporary permission of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media.
On the “zero” day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), operators Megafon, Rostelecom and Nokia made the first international video call through fifth-generation Russian networks (5G), connecting Petersburg and Helsinki. In addition, on June 5, for the first time in the 5G network, a connection was established between subscribers of different operators – MegaFon and Tele2.
To arrange the call, the operators received temporary permits from the regulator, which operated in two places – at the Central Communications Museum named after A.S. Popov and in Smolny, Yury Lysenko, advisor to the president of Rostelecom, clarified to Kommersant. According to him, the operators planned to organize a call on the 5G network of the Acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov.
In April, the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) decided to refuse operators to continue research on individual radio frequency bands in the 3.4-3.8 GHz range. This frequency range is necessary for the creation and development of a 5G network.
Recent studies in this range, which were conducted by Rostelecom and MegaFon, ended in December 2018. In May, the Ministry of Communications proposed at the end of 2019 to resume testing of 5G communications in the range 3.4-3.8 GHz. MTS, Beeline, MegaFon, Rostelecom and Tele2 submitted applications for tests.
The first cell phone call in Russia also took place in St. Petersburg. Almost 30 years ago, in 1991, the mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak called his colleague in Seattle.