Sweden’s Ericsson and Russia-based Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) have announced an agreement under which they will cooperate on 5G research and deployment in Russia. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies covers spectrum studies of the next generation network and the building of a test system.
Specifically, under the partnership the duo will implement a pilot project for LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U)/Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) that involves the use of the LTE radio interface in the unlicensed 5GHz band together with Wi-Fi access points in 2016. Following this up, 2017 will then see the deployment of 5G pilot solutions using high speed data transmission in the 15GHz band, ahead of construction of the test area for the demonstration of 5G technology solutions during the World Cup 2018 football tournament in Russia.
Initially the companies have said they will focus on ‘development of requirements and use cases, as well as performance evaluation and applicability of potential 5G key technology components’. The project undertaken by the pair will, meanwhile, support a dialogue with government regulators concerning the bands being targeted for 5G and requirements for next generation systems. Further, the partnership between the two companies will also lead to implementation of 5G-related technologies in MTS’ network, such as Ericsson Lean Carrier and the use of unlicensed spectrum, and other technologies that use the design concepts Ericsson is developing for 5G.
Commenting on the development, Andrey Ushatskiy, Vice President, Technology and IT, Chief Technology and Information Officer at MTS, was cited as saying: ‘While requirements for the new communication standard are in the development stage, it is important for our company to be closely involved in this process, which led to signing the agreement with Ericsson. Next year, we will start to test our key vendor’s developments through a series of pilot projects on the MTS network, in order for both of us to have a complete understanding of the performance of the solutions in our 5G networks.’