Russian Ministry of Communications has proposed using the 4.40 GHz to 4.99 GHz frequency band for 5G communications in the country, reports Kommersant. The ministry recognises that this choice would risk remaining behind technological progress in the field. The problem is that these bands are being considered for 5G only in Japan and China.
The Ministry of Commerce has announced that it plans to found a consortium including developers of software, hardware and electronic components for use with those bands. State-owned corporation Rostec plans to produce the equipment for 5G networks.
The 3.4-3.8 GHz bands are considered as the priority resource for 5G in Russia. Maksim Akimov, the deputy prime-minister, last week announced plans for the government to set up a working group focused 5G pilot areas using those bands.
The 28 GHz band is also used for 5G in Russia. Last week Tele2 Russia, in cooperation with Ericsson, launched a pilot 5G network on Tverskaya Street in downtown Moscow. Outdoor coverage of the 5G network has become available in the 28 GHz band. The pilot area covers Tverskaya Street from the Kremlin to the Sadovaya Ring.