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Nokia May Sign an Agreement on the Localization of LTE Base Stations Production in Russia

November 19, 2021, 13:00 (UTC+3)|

In November 2021, Nokia may sign an agreement with the Ministry of Digital Development on the localization of the production of base stations of the LTE standard in Russia. According to Interfax, negotiations on localization are also underway with Ericsson and Huawei. The ministry declined to comment.

In mid-September, Kommersant newspaper announced that IKS Holding could become Nokia's partner in localizing production. The possibility of transferring closed development licenses to the Russian side was also considered. In addition, ZTE is considering localization, but it is not yet clear who the company sees as a Russian partner.

In August, the Ministry of Digital Development announced an agreement on the localization of base stations with two manufacturers of network equipment at once, but no specific companies were named. Rostec and AFK Sistema were considered as Russian partners. The ban on the use of foreign LTE base stations in the Russian Federation will enter into force in 2023. After that, operators will be required to build networks using domestic equipment.

On November 19, it was reported that the heads of MTS, MegaFon, Beeline, Tele2 and Rostelecom appealed to the Ministry of Digital Industry with a request to create a working group to coordinate the implementation of Russian stations.

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