5G Operators Will Be Transferred to Russian Servers
According to the roadmap, in 2021 5G networks should be deployed in at least five million-plus cities, and in 2024, in ten. In mid-April, Maxim Akimov during a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin said that about 650 billion rubles would be spent on creating 5G networks. “We wouldn't want all this money, or a significant part of it, to be given to foreign vendors - equipment suppliers”, he said.
However, most of the equipment necessary for 5G is not manufactured in Russia, therefore, in the first versions of the roadmap, its authors proposed to cooperate with international players: to localize the release of their products, create R&D centers and joint pilot projects. Potential partners were Chinese Huawei and ZTE, Finnish Nokia, US Cisco, Qualcomm, Verizon and others.
The latest version of the document mentions the need to cooperate in the field of R&D with international players. At the same time, a paragraph appeared on the need to switch to public servers of Russian design. As the interlocutor who participated in the development of the document explained to the Russian media, public servers are understood as ordinary servers that are used by IT companies.