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.