Russia in the trend of global technological changes

5 march 2018

The fast pace of change in technology and the big ambitions of global players in the telecommunications and digital markets are clear indicators that building a digital economy in Russia is going to be quite a challenge. That was the opinion shared with TASS by the first deputy head of the government administration and head of the government sub-commission for digital economy Maxim Akimov after visiting the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

The development trends of Industry 4.0 and key technologies presented at the congress confirm that the basic strategies included in the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program for the development of key technologies are the right ones, Mr Akimov believes. "The trends they talked about at the congress and displayed at the exhibition by and large confirm that the key priorities we chose for our program are accurate," he said, noting, that the Digital Economy program envisions deployment of 5G connectivity in Russia. The concept for the creation and development of 5G networks in Russia should be ready by summer 2018; in June it should be approved by the government commission. June should also see the development of basic requirements and conditions for the establishment of a nation-wide 5G infrastructure operator being completed. The state commission for radio frequencies must decide which radio frequency ranges should be used in Russia for 5G networks by November-December 2018, however, these frequencies will only become fully available for operators by late 2020.

MWC 2018 also features discussions about security. Mr Akimov noted that as far as this issue is concerned, the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program envisions the creation of a national computer emergency response center, as well as regional centers, promotion of import substitution and steps to insure monitoring of the processing of and access to personal data of Russian citizens, and specifically to big user data, including those found in social media. In year one of the program, the risks and threats of Russia's communication systems and the Russian segment of the Internet are to be analyzed as security standards and application development processes are are improved.

In addition, MWC 2018 included a lot of discussions about the new fundamental technologies such as big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. According to Mr Akimov all these trends are included in the Digital Economy of Russia program.

Source: The TASS newsfeed