Moscow, October 1, 2015. — Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation reports that decision of the State Commission for Radiofrequencies (SCRF) on allocation of radiofrequencies for mutual use by radio-electronic facilities of mobile telephone communications was approved. Telecom operators that previously got radiofrequencies were provided with an opportunity of mutual use of radiofrequency spectrum for development of LTE in the range from 800 MHz to 2.5 GHz.
“It’s an important step towards improvement of branch legislation. It will reduce burden on mobile operators and increase quality of telecom services. Telecom companies were already provided with possibility of mutual use of mobile communication base stations,” said Kirill Stepanenko, Director of Department for Radiofrequencies and Communication networks Regulation.
The SCRF decision enables mutual use of radio frequencies by mobile operators for development of LTE in the following ranges: 791–820 MHz, 832–861 MHz, 890–915 MHz, 935–960 MHz, 1710–1785 MHz, 1805–1880 MHz, 2570–2620 MHz, 2500–2570 MHz and 2620–2690 MHz. Mutual use of radiofrequency spectrum implies unification of allocated radiofrequencies for increase of quality of delivered services. License for the use of radiofrequencies will be issued with the consent of radio frequency spectrum users’ applying to Roskomnadzor on the basis of civil law contract.
“Increase of quality and availability of telecom services are among priority goals of Minsvyaz. Improvement of legislative framework is aimed at achievement of these goals,” said Dmitry Alkhazov, Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, “Current economic situation requires regulation that will help telecom operators to reduce costs in order to cover more regions and to eliminate digital divide in Russia.”
Minsvyaz is working on improvement of branch legislation. Minsvyaz lifted all restrictions on mutual use of radio access network on the territory of Russia in December 2014. It became possible due to the Governmental order №1252 on December 2, 2014. This order introduced amendments to “Rules of radio-electronic facilities and high-frequency devices registration”, established by the Governmental order №539 on October 12, 2004. According to the new order radio-electronic facilities of high-frequency devices can be registered on two or more telecom operators. Minsvyaz also approved rules on the use of communication facilities, operating in the mode of mutual use of radio access for all main standards of mobile radio communications (GSM, UMTS, LTE). Rules for GSM 900/1800 and LTE standards were developed in 2014 and in 2012 for UMTS.