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Lithuania is looking to upgrade to 5G in mobile internet, but powerful Russian radars use the same radio frequency band selected for frequency auctions to attract network developers.

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports on Thursday, July 25, the Lithuanian Communications Regulatory Authority is planning to start offering radio frequencies for 5G network developers by the end of 2019. A second auction is expected to be held in 2020 and the third, no later than in 2022.

A serious obstacle to the country’s upgrade to 5G is that the Russian military is using the 3.5 GHz frequency for its radars in Kaliningrad and the signal reaches into parts of Lithuanian territory.

«Our main task before the auctions start is to agree with Belarusian and Russian telecommunication authorities on the terms of use of radio frequency bands we are planning to auction,»

explained Augutis Čėsna, director of the Radio Department of the Communications Regulatory Authority.

Lithuanian representatives plan to meet their Russian counterparts in the second half of this year to try and sort out the issue. Yet, this could prove difficult as according Čėsna, Russia has not decided yet whether it is going to use the 3.5 GHz frequency band for its 5G network, so he does not put too much hope into reaching an agreement.

The articled originally appeared on LRT English: https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1054680/russian-military-a-barrier-to-5g-development-in-lithuania#


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