Russia’s Rostelecom has applied to the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) for permission to test 5G mobile services using 3.3GHz-4.1GHz frequency bands in the metro (subway) train networks of Moscow, St Petersburg and Kazan, TDaily reports. Last year a similar application via Rostelecom’s subsidiary FreshTel for testing 3.4GHz-3.8GHz in the Moscow and Kazan subways was not accepted by the SCRF. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a fixed wireless access (FWA) 3.5GHz spectrum licence held by Rostelecom/FreshTel was extended in June 2021 to 1 July 2022, but the concession does not allow 5G; following 3.5GHz 5G pilots held in 2018, trial permits were not extended beyond that year, and state permission for refarming 3.5GHz FWA frequencies for 5G mobile was not forthcoming.

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