Russia’s draft 5G development concept gives priority to 3.4-3.8 GHz frequency range

TASS Russian News Agency | Aug 15, 2019 at 4:53 PM

MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. Russia’s Ministry of Communications and the four leading national mobile operators are now rewriting the draft 5G development concept giving the priority to development of new generation communication networks in the frequency range of 3.4-3.8 GHz, a source with the Big Four of Russian leading mobile operators told TASS.

This is despite the fact that in spring the Security Council criticized the choice of the frequency range and sent a negative conclusion to the President.

Earlier on Thursday, the Vedomosti business daily reported that Putin agreed with the Security Council’s written conclusion against using the 3.4-3.8 GHz frequencies for 5G networks. According to the daily, the Security Council concluded that using this range both for the development of 5G and the current needs of the Defense Ministry would be impossible.

"That’s a fake. They talk about Putin’s spring reaction to the Security Council’s April letter. After that, the situation has radically changed in favor of 3.4-3.8 GHz. At present, the operators and the Ministry of Communications are rewriting the concept for the development of 5G with the implementation of 3.4-3.8 GHz. After that letter, there was an attempt to change the concept of 5G development, but in the end we settled on the need to develop in 3.4-3.8 GHz," the source said.

In April, Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov asked the president to issue orders to clear the 3.4-3.8 frequency range for 5G. The two main users of this range are the Defense Ministry and the Russian space corporation Roscosmos.

In spring, the Defense Ministry in a response to the draft 5G development concept indicated that it is too early to provide frequencies 3.4-3.8 GHz to the operators, Vedomosti said.

The development of new generation communication networks is part of the federal project on Information Infrastructure, which is part of the Digital Economy national project.