Russia’s State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) has formally approved the use of 1710MHz-1785MHz and 1805MHz-1880MHz spectrum for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) use, bringing to an end a lengthy period of speculation over the frequency band. In addition, the watchdog has authorised the use of 890MHz-915MHz and 935MHz-960MHz spectrum blocks for the development of 3G services. As part of the authorisation, all holders of spectrum below the 2200MHz threshold will be required to provide services to Russian settlements with more than 1,000 residents, while carriers in possession of 2200MHz-3000MHz frequencies will be obliged to cover areas that are home to more than 10,000 citizens. Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov said that the decision ‘solves an important social problem’ and will improve the standard of communications services available across Russia.
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