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GSMA: building 5G networks could cost 84% more due to less suitable frequency band

November 9, 2020, 17:10 (UTC+3)|

According to the estimates of the GSM Association (GSMA), the Russian telecom operators’ expenditures in 2023-2030 for the deployment of 5G networks will be 84% higher compared to the option in which 3.5 GHz gold band would be used for 5G communications, Kommersant reports. In Russia operators are offered 4.8-4.99 GHz spectrum.

According to analysts, by 2025 5G will account for about 43 million connections in Russia. In terms of these indicators, Russia will approach the world average, but will lag behind the leading markets.

Also by 2025 5G will contribute more than $5.2 billion to the domestic economy, which is equivalent to a 0.3% increase in GDP, and over the period 2022–2030 the Russian economy will gain in total $60 billion from 5G.

The GSMA recommends using licensed shared access if it is impossible to free up the 3.5 GHz band.

GSMA research “5G in Russia: the impact of spectrum on development prospects”

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