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5G: The Architecture Backbone of Russia’s Digitalization
3 June 2021
17:00—18:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Big prospects of 5G and plans to introduce 6G

The price factor is not a barrier. There are general barriers to the development of the path. […] Radio frequencies, network equipment, and backbone transport networks have all been tested. The subscriber equipment is ready and is not prohibitively expensive. Both the market and the industry are ready overall — Nikolai Legkodimov, Partner, Head of Technology Consulting, KPMG in the CIS.

There are great prospects. Today we need to move from test implementations to actual construction. […] In the past, we built the infrastructure, and then we thought about what service to provide. Now we have to choose a service, i.e., in what area the operator sees its income, choose a technology after this service, and then build infrastructure — Tigran Pogosyan, Senior Vice President in Russia, ZTE Communication Technologies.

If we make 6G now and start developing […] I think the research institutes that are developing the same standards will be able to fund themselves after a while — Tigran Pogosyan, Senior Vice President in Russia, ZTE Communication Technologies.

ISSUES
Difficulties with the frequency range

We have smartphones, but can’t use them. In Moscow, we will find a circle of users who will allow us to recoup our joint investments in infrastructure. Plus, private solutions will be developed. What is driving them? Global competition. […] If there are no changes in the situation with the frequency, I don’t think there will be any global promotion of 5G networks in the next three to five years. A second important aspect is the Russian government’s clear-cut policy of building these networks solely on the basis of just Russian-made equipment. […] To create a framework, you have to take a fundamental step forward and go to the golden range. If this step isn’t taken, there will be no framework — Mikhail Oseevskiy, President, Chairman of the Management Board, Rostelecom .

It’s never been as difficult as it is with 5G and the frequencies. […] There is no competition more brutal than in Russia. [...] There is a logical inconsistency: the government, on the one hand, says that we need 5G, that 5G networks will be the driving force, and that we need a digital revolution to put the economy on a different track. Ultimately, though, it turns out that this has to be done with incredible art, and art is either plagiarism or revolution. It appears there will be no revolution, and we will lag behind — Rashid Ismailov, President, VimpelCom.

The entire fleet of devices that is available has been tested and works. Operators have already tested it in practice, not just in theory on a computer. There are networks that need to be scaled. From our point of view, the testing stage has been completed, and we are ready to commercialize it. The issue is the frequencies — Konstantin Ankilov, General Director, TMT Consulting.

We believe that it’s impossible to cover the whole country with new infrastructure with the current level of competition and ARPU [average revenue per user], and our ARPU is EUR 5, while in Europe it’s EUR 30 on average. This is hundreds of billions of roubles that we don’t have — Mikhail Oseevskiy, President, Chairman of the Management Board, Rostelecom .

If a proper subsidy or returnable component of equipment is adopted at the government level, then this business will take off. If not, the operators will look at what they need to do: pay three times more and supply imported equipment — Tigran Pogosyan, Senior Vice President in Russia, ZTE Communication Technologies.

SOLUTIONS
Cooperation will help overcome the global challenges of introducing 5G

To start building [infrastructure] locally in megacities, it would make sense to unite while remaining competitors in marketing and offering other products. The three of us have agreed that we would unite our efforts to lobby our interests and create our common infrastructure. We have heard the position of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, and our activities are supported by the government. I think this is the right way to do it. It will allow us to create the necessary conditions, while remaining in an economically advantageous situation — Mikhail Oseevskiy, President, Chairman of the Management Board, Rostelecom .

The investment cycle is shrinking drastically. […] We want to reverse the trend in this sense. […] Perhaps we need to concentrate more on domestic equipment. It’s more convenient for us, as operators — Rashid Ismailov, President, VimpelCom.

One operator can accept test results from another operator. There is no need to create test zones that prove that 5G technologies work. […] Everyone understands that this technology works. We need to move on to the introduction of networks. [...] All vendors are ready, just say ‘welcome’ — Tigran Pogosyan, Senior Vice President in Russia, ZTE Communication Technologies.