The Russian government has taken a final decision on the use of the 4.4-4.99 GHz band for 5G services in major cities and densely populated areas, reports Izvestia citing a new edition of the country’s spectrum table. This follows several years of discussions over which spectrum bands to allocate for 5G. 

The frequencies still need to be cleared of any existing users or equipment before they can be allocated to mobile operators. Operators have warned that the 5G roll-out will be more expensive on the 4.4-4.99 GHz band as much of the rest of the world is using different frequencies, notably the 3.4-3.8 GHz. As a result there are no end-user terminals supporting the 4.4-4.99 GHz band. Furthermore, global vendors produce few 5G base stations for those bands.

Original article can be seen at: