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Russian demands slow down 4G border networks

A 100 kilometre buffer zone demanded by Russia has thrown providers of 4G network phone services into confusion. The government had already announced a co-ordination dispute with Russia over the issue of phone frequencies had been solved. However, service providers have now received a demand for a buffer zone that will restrict 4G services near the border.

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The fresh demands will not only delay construction of a new 4G network in eastern border areas but also slow down connection speeds. The government has announced it will accept the Russian demand.

Russia’s demands for a 100 kilometre buffer zones specifically affects the 800 MHz frequency band which was formerly used for analogue TV services. A 2.6 GHz band is already providing 4G services in border areas. However, its range is restricted to built-up areas. The 800 MHz provides a wider coverage area.

4G services are a successor to 2G and 3G services providing, for example, higher delivery speeds and faster mobile internet connections.

Frequency allocations in border areas are subject to co-ordination between the states concerned under ITU regulations.

Sources: YLE

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