According to the Digital Economy agenda approved by the Russian Government, 5G networks must be deployed in Russia in all cities with population above 1 mln people by 2020. The Company believes that the 3.4-3.6 GHz spectrum is the spectrum most likely to be used in the early stages of the roll out of 5G networks in Russia, as other possible spectrum has yet to be put up for auction or may need to be re-farmed for usage for 5G. Acquisition of Neosprint LLC will allow MegaFon to immediately obtain high-demand frequency spectrum in Moscow, an essential market for the Company. MegaFon already plans to utilize the spectrum in June to deploy test 5G networks in stadiums hosting the 2018 World Cup games in Moscow.
The Company expects to complete the transaction by the end of April, and will provide additional information related to the acquisition, including the purchase price, upon its completion.
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MegaFon PJSC is a leading Russian integrated telecommunication service provider, operating in all segments of the telecommunications markets in Russia, and in the Republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. MegaFon is a recognized market leader in the provision of mobile data services, was the first operator in Russia to launch commercial operation of a third generation (3G) network and was the first operator in the world to launch commercial operation of an LTE-Advanced (4G) data network. MegaFon is traded on the Moscow Exchange and the London Stock Exchange under the symbol MFON. Additional information about MegaFon and the products and services provided by MegaFon can be found at: http://www.megafon.ru.
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