The government is discussing the issue of transferring the 3.4-3.8 GHz frequency range for the deployment of 5G networks by cellular operators in Moscow. According to Forbes, citing a source, negotiations on the possible use of these frequencies in the capital are already underway with the mayor's office.
According to the representative of the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, the most popular 3.4-3.8 GHz frequency range in the world is not used in Russia for the deployment of 5G networks due to the fact that it is actively used by law enforcement agencies.
The interlocutor of Forbes in one of the telecom companies said that the transfer of frequencies to operators in the capital can demonstrate that the parties are able to work on these frequencies at the same time. He also added that the project can be extended to the entire territory of the country. Representatives of MTS and MegaFon declined to comment.
Earlier, the State Commission on Radio Frequencies has already rejected applications from operators for the allocation of this frequency range, even for testing. Operators were offered to deploy 5G networks in the 4.8-4.99 GHz range, but, in their opinion, this “exceeds investment opportunities”, since the accumulated loss of operators from the use of 4.8-4.99 GHz frequencies by 2030 will amount to 354 , 3 billion rubles and will grow until 2040.
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