Russia set for joint 5G rollout

Russia set for joint 5G rollout

The joint 5G deployment proposed by a number of Russia’s operators has been approved by the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS).

As reported by TeleGeography, Beeline (Veon), MegaFon, MTS and Rostelecom/Tele2 signed an agreement of intent in December 2019 to jointly deploy and optimise the usage of 5G networks across Russia – in part, so that they could share the priority frequency ranges designated to 5G.

The FAS reviewed the application across December and has now approved it on the condition that the operators comply with a fair competition order by permitting non-discriminatory access across all radio frequencies for every competing player in Russia’s mobile sector.

In a statement, the FAS said: “Operators participating in the transaction need to develop and agree with the antimonopoly authority on the terms of use of infrastructure and/or sharing of radio frequencies and the conditions for providing infrastructure for MVNOs.”