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.