MTS has begun to disable mobile communications networks of the obsolete 3G standard (UMTS) in Russia, the company reported. The freed frequencies will be transferred to the 4G (LTE) standard, which should provide subscribers with an increase in mobile Internet speed from 10% to 30%.

MTS began to disable old 3G networks.

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It is reported that from June 20 the company will completely abandon the use of third generation networks in Uglich, Yaroslavl region, and from October it plans to gradually abandon 3G technology in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region (the transition will will produce during 2025). .

The first 3G networks appeared in Russia almost 17 years ago. Recently, new radio access technologies have emerged, mobile Internet speeds have increased several times, and telecom operators are beginning to abandon the use of 3G.

Thus, VimpelCom (Beeline brand) began to move away from 3G in 2022, preventing Moscow from supporting this standard. Other operators have not yet announced similar plans.

“Currently, no more than 5% of our subscribers use 3G devices without LTE support, and their share is constantly decreasing. In some regions, the number of these phones is so small that it gives us the opportunity to disable 3G networks without customers noticing and free up valuable frequency resources for current and more efficient technologies,” said the MTS Vice President of Technology. , Viktor Belov, quoted by the press service.


Anastasia Marina

Source: RB

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