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MOSCOW, March 22 (Itar-Tass) — The market of the mobile data transfer services in Russia for the next 4-5 years will not be able to beat in volume the voice communication market, Executive Director of the LTE Union Gulnara Khasyanova said on Thursday at the Broadband Russia and CIS international congress.
“The market of mobile voice communication will be prevailing for the next five years,” she said. The mobile Internet services, according to Khasyanova, will develop rapidly, but not as fast as the second-generation communication services, focused mainly on the voice transfer. The market of the 4G communication services, focused on data transmission, according to Khasyanova, in the first five years of its formation will be 4-5 times less than the 2G market, when it was at the same stage of development.
More and more operators in the world, Khasyanova said, have decided to build networks according to the most modern and high speed standard of the “fourth generation” - LTE. In 2011, the world has seen a 50-percent increase in such operator, compared with 2010. “But until coverage comparable to 2G is secured and the appropriate subscriber devices appear, this service will not become popular,” she said.
The other 4G technology - WiMAX, that is already quite spread in Russia, has no such development prospects as LTE, Regional Director of WiMAX Forum in Russia and the CIS Sergei Portnoi believes. The LTE technology, he said, easily fits into the structure of the existing communication networks. At the same time, according to the expert, Russia has “a couple of operators that are planning to build WiMAX network.”
As of today, three frequency bands in which it is allowed to build LTE networks are approved in Russia: 790-862 MHz, 2300-2400 MHz and 2500-2690 MHz. However, representative of the Radio Research Institute Igor Guryanov noted that other ranges are also considered. In particular, tests are performed in the 900 MHz band in the Moscow region. “If there is demand for this resource at this technology, the experience can be extended to the whole Russia,” he said. In addition, studies are conducted in the frequencies of 1800 MHz, where mobile operators are now working. The tests are carried out in Omsk, Pskov and Ufa. It is not ruled out that LTE will be deployed in a very exotic for this technology range of 3400-3600 MHz, where WiMAX operators currently work. “There are problems here with combining with satellite services, but despite this, the range is constantly considered in Europe and there have been attempts to introduce LTE there,” Guryanov said.