Moscow, October 16, 2015. — Nikolay Nikiforov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, carried out meeting of the State Commission for Radiofrequencies (SCRF). Use of radiofrequencies by low-powered base stations and other topics were considered on the meeting. The SCRF approved frequency-territorial plan on allocation of low-powered base stations in small inhabited localities with population starting from 500 to 10 thousand people.
Telecom operators will be able to use radio-electronic facilities of GSM and LTE standards and their further modifications in the range of 1710–1785 MHz and 1805–1880 MHz in small inhabited localities in three pilot regions without additional licenses and electromagnetic capability expertise. Low-powered base stations will be constructed in small inhabited localities of Kaluga Oblast, Krasnodar Krai and the Republic of Tatarstan. Telecom operators should register radio-electronic facility.
“We’ve taken a very important decision today. It’s a new approach to development of telecom networks. We simplified procedure of low-powered base stations use in small inhabited localities. This measure will contribute to development of modern telecom services in small inhabited localities,” said Nikolay Nikiforov.
Members of the meeting suggested developing frequency-territorial plan in order to establish possibility for constructing of low-powered base stations in small inhabited localities with population below 500 people.
Complex of measures aimed at ensuring availability of modern telecom services in Russia was approved on the Governmental meeting on February 26, 2015. One of such measures implies development and approval of frequency-territorial plan for allocation of low-powered base stations in small inhabited localities with population from 500 to ten thousand people. Use of low-powered base stations in such inhabited localities will be carried out according to the simplified procedure.
Members of the meeting also discussed decrease of width of operating channel UMTS in the range of 900 MHz. According to the new decision telecom operators will be able to use frequency separation of 2.4 MHz between GSM and UMTS networks and between UMTS networks in the range of 890–915 MHz and 935–960 MHz for radio-electronic facilities of UMTS modification and further standards. Previously width of frequency separation counted 2.6 MHz. Width of operating channel UMTS-900 was also decreased from 5 MHz to 4.4 MHz. The SCRF decision provides telecom operators with possibility to maximize use of listed radiofrequencies in order to increase effectiveness of radiofrequency spectrum use. It will also help to introduce 3G in regions, where previously it was impossible due to lack of width of frequency spectrum.
Radiofrequencies in the range of 65.8–74 MHz and 87.5–108 MHz were allocated for organization of pilot zone for television and radio broadcasting system RAVIS in Kazan, Krasnodar, Izhevsk and Kaliningrad. The system allows delivering several programs of stereophonic broadcasting or video programs for mobile reception via one channel up to 250 KHz. This national digital audiovisual system in high-frequency range is aimed at signal processing in transport and on portable devices.
Methodologies for definition of service zone of single and single frequency transmitting stations of terrestrial digital television broadcasting of DVB-T2 standard were approved on the meeting. These methodologies establish the order of defining service zone of single and single frequency transmitting stations of terrestrial digital television broadcasting of DVB-T2, operating in the range of 174–230 MHz and 470–790 MHz. They regulate defining of service zone of radio-electronic facilities of DVB-T2 standard for ensuring their electromagnetic capability with planned for use radio-electronic facilities.