In the next few years the network of the fourth generation (LTE) in Russia can completely replace the outdated 3G. This is reported by “Izvestia”, citing data from Tele2 and MegaFon. The forecast is based on the fact that the limited frequency spectrum is pushing for his release for more advanced technologies, which allow large amounts of traffic.
Despite this, experts believe that appeared in the 90 years, the 2G standard, which allows to transmit only voice for a long time does not lose its relevance. In Tele2 believe that 4G will eventually supplant 3G in Russia in the next 3-5 years, as the technology VoLTE (voice over LTE) continues to gain momentum. It is noted that preemption can occur even faster than in the case of 2G. In “the Megaphone” also allows such development of the market, noting that the 2G can be relevant in the next decade and will be fully decommissioned later 3G.
Tele2 also noted that the share of 3G devices declining faster than the number of handsets support 2G. As of April this year, the proportion of 2G devices in networks Tele2 accounted for 20 %, while smartphone penetration with 3G – only 16 %. In a press-service of the operator said that due to similar prices between devices with 3G and 4G, Internet users when buying a new gadget choose something more advanced, as a rule, supporting LTE. At the same time, alternatives to machines with 2G is almost there, so people who only need voice communication, not in a hurry to abandon these phones.
The source notes that the current due to pandemic coronavirus situation may push operators to more rapid decommissioning of the 3G, because the freed frequencies can be used in building of communication networks of the fifth generation (5G). This is because in recent years dramatically increased the volume of consumption by Russians of traffic and operators are actively working on upgrading the existing network infrastructure.
The assumption that 3G in our country will cease to use a much faster 2G support, many representatives of telecommunications companies. For example, according to the Vice-President of Qualcomm’s business development in Eastern Europe Yulia liovochkina Klebanova, the standard formula for the development of mobile communication as follows: “support 2G, 3G lockable, expandable 4G, 5G build”.