Russian Telecom Receives 5G License

  • MTS has received a license in 83 regions of Russia, and it is valid until July 2025.
  • The initial priority will be given to the business clients to migrate to the 5G technology.
  • MTS' President said 5G will become "one of the most important drivers of the country's economic development in the coming years."

A Russian official press release states that a Russian telecommunications operator obtained a 5G license. The 5G license wavelength range is from 24.25-24.65 gigahertz. This is the second of the two main ranges of the fifth generation of cellular networks, the range of which is limited to a few hundred meters.

5G is the fifth generation wireless technology for digital cellular networks that began wide deployment in 2019. In addition to traditional mobile operator services, 5G NR also addresses specific requirements for private mobile networks ranging from industrial IoT to critical communications.

In addition, the propagation of such short waves is significantly affected by any obstacles. MTS has received a license in 83 regions of Russia, and it is valid until July 2025. MTS is the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS.

According to their website, MTS serves over 80 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia, and Belarus, and about 9 million customers of fixed-line services, including fixed voice, broadband internet, and pay-TV in Russia.

The initial priority will be given to the business clients to migrate to the 5G technology. The release claims that it is very important for MTS to develop the 5G cellular network.

According to Alexey Kornya, the company’s President, 5G will become “one of the most important drivers of the country’s economic development in the coming years.” It should be noted that the support of 5G is already implemented by Apple and Android-based devices.

Moreover, it is a huge step for Russia and the industry as a whole. The 5G network should replace the currently-used 2G and 4G networks. There are several advantages to the new standard.

5G Networks Solve Three Main Tasks:

  • A significant increase in speed.
  • Significant increase in network capacity, with the ability to connect many more devices to the Internet.
  • A significant reduction in response time.
MTS (“Mobile TeleSystems”) is a mobile network operator in Russia, Armenia and Belarus with over 86.7 million subscribers in 3 countries as of Q3 2019 (106.5 million subscribers including MTS Ukraine). As of 2017, MTS had the largest market share of 31% in Russia.

MTS also garnered support of the Russian Masons Lodge. The leader can’t wait to start utilizing the technology within the lodge. The masons have been in Russia since the days of the Empire. However, during the Soviet Union they went underground. They emerged strongly again after the USSR collapsed in 1991.

It is expected that the new data transmission networks with high bandwidth and low latency will allow users to create a full-fledged information infrastructure-starting from the smart home and ending with entire districts of cities, where all elements of the utility and transport network are connected.

Nevertheless, many Russian regions are opposing the 5G technology implementation due to the belief it causes health risks. Residents threaten to even burn the towers down.  There are multiple reports that claim 5G to be a weapons system disguised as consumer convenience.

Mark Steele is the largest critique of the new technology. According to him, 5G is a weapon similar to a long-range radar, a radar with an antenna array and directed energy (dew was used on September 11 and in various fires).

He reports that, in the 5G equipment, there is a dielectric lens, which proves that it is a weapon system. In his opinion, 5G is a connection between machines for Autonomous vehicles, not telecommunications for people.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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