The delay in clearing the “military” frequencies for 5G does not bother the city authorities, they learned from the media. Testing the new generation of communication will be on other frequencies, and the city administration intends to launch the pilot as soon as possible.
For the universal deployment of 5G communications in Russia, it is necessary to release the “military” frequencies, and so far the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) has not done so. But in a number of territories — for example, in crowded places — a quick link can be implemented differently. As Vedomosti learned, the first large-scale pilot should start in Moscow – in Luzhniki and Moscow City.
The most attractive frequency for 5G-communications is 3.4-3.8 GHz, and so far Russian operators have no access to it. It employs various communications satellites, including the military.
However, a compromise was found: the SCR may expand another range for testing 5G, 25.25-29.5 GHz.
In Moscow, the Department of Information Technology is lobbying for the earliest launch of testing 5G. In new networks, the data transfer rate is up to 100 times faster than 4G LTE. But fast loading of data on smartphones is not at all important. 5G opens the way to the Internet of things and other advanced technologies – unmanned transport, telemedicine, smart home.
A source in the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media told Vedomosti that it is important for DIT that advanced communication networks “start up as quickly as possible.”
According to him, the pilot project will start before the end of this year, and the DIT is already hoping to take stock by the New Year. Earlier it was planned for 2020.
However, for non-standard frequencies and equipment you need non-standard. Now it has appeared, and this is the reason for the planned acceleration. However, in this form, 5G can only be tested, at best – deployed in a limited area. For universal penetration, the frequencies of 3.4-3.8 GHz are needed. Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, responsible for technology, asked President Putin to facilitate their “clearing” for civilian use, but the issue has not been resolved.
The state program “Digital Economy” provides for the construction of 5G-networks in the Russian million-plus cities in 2020. Coverage of all of Russia is planned for 2025.
Now 5G-communications is working in full force in South Korea: hospitals of the future are being built there, and the mechanisms of interaction between humans and robots are already changing.