Providers of 5G Equipment and Services Will Be Supported Under the "Digital Economy" National Program

28 august 2019 | RBC-TV

Operators, equipment and services providers oriented towards the 5G new-generation communication technology will receive support under the "Digital Economy" national program. This was declared by Deputy Head of the Project Office for the implementation of the "Digital Economy" national program of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation Sergey Leschenko on the air of the RBC television channel.

Sergey Leschenko
Sergey Leschenko
Project Management Office for Implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation Program

He reminded that the introduction of 5G in Russia is a task that is being implemented as part of the federal "Information Infrastructure" project of the national "Digital Economy" program. The document provides for support measures that allow 5G operators, equipment and service providers create their own products based on this technology.

“The national program contemplates the relevant funds until 2024. Support should start as early as 2019. We will help both operators and equipment and services providers who are generally interested in 5G ecosystems,” emphasized Mr Leschenko.

When answering the question about the progress in introduction of 5G in Russia within the framework of the national program, the expert noted that operators are implementing many test projects that demonstrate the 5G capabilities and advantages.

In general, he said, the new-generation communication technology is one of the key elements for the implementation of the national program. “5G can serve as basis for various services – from the Internet of things to unmanned vehicles, telemedicine, VR/AR (virtual and augmented realities) and many other technologies that are being developed slower with the existing communications technologies,” said Leschenko.

He drew particular attention to the fact that the delay in allocating optimal frequencies for the introduction of 5G (3.4-3.8 GHz, which are currently used by law enforcement agencies – editor's note) may lead to some delays in the introduction of the technology in Russia, but this will not have critical consequences.

“Within 2-3 years there will be solutions to allow the equipment to operate in various ranges. Accordingly, as part of the implementation of the “Digital Economy” national program we can easily overcome the arising difficulties,” concluded Leschenko.

Source: RBC TV