Russia is now facing a problem that has given confusion, especially to the spectrum policies of many economies. The problem of Russia is mainly between whether they want the operators experience wireless availability or to have a new competition with others.
President Dmitry Medvedev believes that the new spectrum “should be opened up to new entrants so that 4G services are spread more widely than 3G.” According to him, the new spectrum should be opened to different operators and business models. But Russian cell companies are dismayed with the President’s stand.
They are particular with the “rising of mobile ambitions” of the current top leading long-distance telephone provider. The company had gained licenses in the first wave of auctions for 4G. There will be a second wave of auctions later this year on 2.5GHz.
The minister of communications, Igor Shchegolev was informed by President Medvedev that he wants Shchegolev to create plans for the distribution of 4G licenses in a much broader basis. With this plan, the development of new services in Russia could speed up, considering that they are one of the world’s largest potential markets when it comes to wireless and broadband. However this potential of development has always been delayed because of the existing bureaucracy in the country.
The President, however, is in full hopes that smaller markets could bring the wireless and broadband availability to rural areas. The introduction of innovative web offerings is also encouraged in order to support the government and industrial applications.
With the President’s proposition, there are still few who are against it. The big three; MTS, VimpelCom, and Megafon are the three major companies who opposed Medvedev’s proposition. Large amount of money might be used in this plan and the spectrum may become unusable or may fail in its services.