Estonian, Russian telecommunications regulators discuss use of radio frequency bands

  • 2021-12-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The regulatory bodies governing the telecommunications systems of the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation held negotiations on the use of radio frequency bands from Dec. 14 to 16.

The goal of the meeting was to coordinate the use of radio frequency bands on the two states' border areas by reaching agreements and entering into coordination contracts that ensure better conditions for building telecommunications networks, said the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) representing Estonia at the talks.

(TTJA) said that while radio frequency bands exceed state borders, they must not disrupt the other state's telecommunications systems. Hence, it is international good practice to coordinate the use of frequency bands between states.

As a result of the three-day meeting, changes to the agreement on the coordination of the 3G, or the 1900/2100 MHz, mobile telecommunications frequency band were agreed upon to enable to better implement 5G technologies. Other mobile telecommunications contracts were likewise discussed at the meeting, including the future 5G frequency bands of 700 MHz and 26 GHz, with regard to which Estonia is expected to make contract proposals.

Also discussed was the 3.6 GHz mobile telecommunications frequency band; however, the two neighboring states did not arrive at an agreement in this regard due to their technical plans for using the frequency band differing to a great degree.

Topics discussed at the meeting also included future plans for television and a possible transition to the DVB-T2 digital television standard.

The meeting had been planned from 2019 but it had repeatedly been postponed due to coronavirus restrictions. The meeting in December was held via a video link.