MTS and Ericsson to Trial 5G in Russia
Published on: 28th Dec 2015
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Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Ericsson have signed a cooperation agreement on the research and deployment of 5G networks in Russia.
The outcome of the partnership will see the launch of a 5G trial zone during the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia. The International Telecommunication Union plans to implement the new standard by 2020.
Under the agreement, the two companies will cooperate in the following areas:
- Joint dialog with regulators about the use of the frequency spectrum for 5G;
- The implementation of a pilot project in LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) / LAA (Licensed-Assisted Access) that involves the use of the LTE radio interface in the unlicensed 5GHz band together with Wi-Fi access points in 2016. The solution will provide better coverage and capacity, combining existing Wi-Fi networks with mobile network resources;
- Testing of Ericsson Lean Carrier technology for its use in 5G. The solution optimizes signaling traffic between cells, eliminates interference, simplifies network planning, increases data speed rates and improves coverage;
- Pilot the demonstration of new radio interfaces for M2M communications: EC-GSM (Extended Coverage GSM), LTE-M (LTE Machine), NB-IoT (Narrow band IoT LTE based). Decisions will protect the frequency spectrum, improve coverage, cut power consumption and reduce the cost of devices for the Internet of Things;
- The deployment of 5G pilot solutions using high-speed data transmission in the 15 GHz band in 2017;
- Construction of the test area for the demonstration of 5G technology solutions during the 2018 football World Cup 2018 in Russia.