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81% of Mobile Subscribers in Russia to Use LTE Technology by 2025, According to Ministry of Digital Development


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Moscow Predicts 81% of Mobile Subscribers in Russia to Use LTE Technology by 2025

According to the Ministry of Digital Development’s draft strategy for the development of communications in Russia, it is projected that by 2025, 81% of mobile subscribers in the country will utilize LTE technology. Meanwhile, 2G and 3G networks are expected to account for 7% and 4% of usage, respectively.

Global Trend: Decrease in 3G Support and Rise of 4G and 5G

Globally, approximately 10% of mobile network operators have decided to discontinue 3G technology by the end of 2022. This trend is expected to continue, with most operators shutting down their 3G networks by 2030. The freed-up RF resource will be repurposed for more efficient and modern 4G and 5G technologies. By 2025, it is anticipated that LTE technology will be used by 81% of mobile subscribers in Russia, with 7% and 4% still relying on 2G and 3G networks, respectively.

5G Subscribers to Surpass One Billion by the End of 2022

As of the end of 2022, the number of 5G subscribers worldwide has already exceeded one billion, and it is projected to reach two billion by the end of 2025.

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5G Commercial Services and Device Availability

The document states that as of March 2023, 249 mobile operators across 97 countries have launched commercial services based on 5G networks. It is expected that by the end of 2023, there will be over 1,500 5G-enabled subscriber device models available for purchase.

Sixth Generation Networks Expected to Begin Deployment in 2030

The strategy suggests that the deployment of sixth generation (6G) networks worldwide will commence in 2030.

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