“MegaFon” and “Beeline” are preparing an agreement on joint construction and exploitation of LTE networks, reports “Interfax” citing a source in the telecommunications market. Operators have applied for obtaining the electromagnetic compatibility in the Federal state unitary enterprise “Main radio frequency center” (GRCC).
Applications that are in progress at the moment is under examination. By its results the new technologies will give operators frequency assignments that will allow them to jointly operate the base station.
“GRCC and Roskomnadzor will do the job within the deadline. We welcome the joint construction of networks by operators – this allows you to increase the quality and availability of services to optimize costs,” said the Agency.
Representatives of “Beeline” and “MegaFon” declined to comment on this information. The exact number of regions in which the companies plan a joint operation of LTE networks in Roskomnadzor did not name, having referred to the commercial interests of operators.
If the agreement is signed, to “Beeline” it will be the second co-operation networks of the fourth generation. At the end of 2014, the company entered into an agreement with MTS relating to the construction and joint use of LTE networks in 36 regions of Russia. By the end of 2015 the project is running in 31 regions.
The operators got the opportunity to jointly build and operate the network in November 2014, when it signed a government resolution on amending the rules of registration of radio electronic means (RECs) and high-frequency devices. The mechanism of RAN-Sharing implies Sharing BS, platforms, infrastructure and resources of the transport network.
Currently LTE-MTS network covers 83 regions of the Russian Federation Beeline – 58, MegaFon – 76.