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Crimean Mobile operators
April 8, 2014 07:38


Mobile operators’ Big Four asked Roscomnadzor to make clarifications with regards of the licenses previously issued for the entire territory of Russia. They wanted to find out whether the licenses are valid in Crimea and Sevastopol. Roscomnadzor confirmed that they are.

As the deputy head of the supervisory authority Oleg Ivanov told to "Izvestia", having a license does not automatically guarantee the frequency availability. "License is a document that authorizes the provision of services, but permission to use frequencies – our most limited resource – is given by the Main Radio Frequency Centre, – Ivanov noted. - Permits will be issued on the basis of actual existing electromagnetic environment."

In a few days a mobile radio monitoring complex for studies of the radio spectrum and electromagnetic compatibility will be deployed on the newly annexed Russian territories. It is already known that the frequencies for the third generation (3G) mobile communications in both regions are not occupied. Upper range for the fourth-generation standard (4G) LTE (2500-2600 MHz) is also available. But 800 MHz band allocated in Russia also for 4G, was designated for other purposes in the new regions.

In Ukraine two companies provide CDMA 800 MHz mobile service. These are Intertelekom (subdivision of Sheriff holding from Transnistria) and PeopleNet (associated with Privat banking and industrial group). According to iKS-Consulting analytical company, the number of telephone subscribers of these two operators totals 100 thousand on the peninsula.

According to the Deputy Head of Roskomnadzor, nobody will prevent Intertelekom and PeopleNet from providing CDMA 800 services on the new Russian territories. Meanwhile, in Russia this standard became obsolete. "These operators can come up with a proposal to develop LTE at these frequencies. Or may voluntarily leave these frequencies in accordance with agreement with the Russian licensees. Operators will decide themselves,” Ivanov summed up.

In order to switch to another communication standard, operators will have to almost completely change the infrastructure, the managing partner of iKS-Consulting Konstantin Ankilov noted. This will require significant investments.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Big Four Mobile operators Crimea Sevastopol  

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