Government plans to launch 5G in million-plus cities in three years

The Russian government intends to launch 5G in large cities in three years, said Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko. According to him, the networks will operate on domestic equipment.

“In cities with a population of one million in three years, we plan to launch 5G networks using domestic equipment. The Rostec Corporation is actively working on this task, ”said Mr. Chernyshenko at a meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects, chaired by President Vladimir Putin. The broadcast was conducted on the air of “Russia 24”.

In addition, in three years, the authorities intend to launch four spacecraft to provide Internet to settlements with a low population density, where “it is very expensive to reach for fiber.” “For these territories, in three years, as a new initiative, four spacecraft providing Internet will be launched in the Arctic and the Northern Sea Route,” the Deputy Prime Minister added.

The analytical credit rating agency believes that the costs of Russian telecom operators for the construction of networks of the new 5G standard may amount to 1 trillion rubles. by 2027. This is higher than previously predicted. This will happen if the new technology, as the government plans, has to be developed in the 4.8-4.99 GHz range. According to analysts, such investments threaten operators with a reduction in free cash flow, and shareholders – with a decrease in dividend payments.

More details about the forecast – in the material of “Kommersant” “5G will collect dividends.”

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