Russian Regulator to Expand the Range for 5G Networks in Million-Plus Cities

02 December 2021

The State Commission on Radio Frequencies (GRFC) at a meeting on November 29 added separate frequency bands in the 4.4-4.8 GHz range for 5G networks (previously, the 4.8-4.99 GHz range was identified by the commission as promising), according to the state body’s decision from November 29.

In particular, New Digital Solutions company (a joint venture between Beeline, MegaFon and Rostelecom to develop 5G) received 4400-4555 MHz and 4630-4990 MHz frequencies for two years to study fifth-generation communication networks.

At the same time, the company was denied in the radio frequency band 4555-4630 MHz and 4990-5000 MHz, as well as in 4800-4990 MHz for “conducting research work on the application, coordination and registration in the International Telecommunication Union of frequency assignments for radio-electronic means of communication networks of the 5G standard/IMT2020 on the territory of the Russian Federation “.

In addition, according to the decision of the GRFC, the Radio Research Institute received from July 2022 to June 2023 the frequencies 6425-6825 MHz for studying 5G New Radio. The draft program for the conversion of the “millimeter” radio frequency band 24.45-27.50 GHz was also adopted.

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