MTS and Nokia test '5G' system

19 Sep 2016

Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Finnish technology provider Nokia have announced their first test of a ‘5G’ standard mobile system in Russia. The operator’s tests using Nokia equipment resulted in mobile data rates of up to 4.5Gbps using 200MHz of aggregated frequency bandwidth, Comnews reports. Vice-president of Nokia’s Eastern European division Juha-Pekka Takala underlined that by 2018 the partners are planning to operate a 5G system on a segment of MTS’ commercial network to coincide with football’s World Cup in Russia that year. The tests are being carried out following an agreement between MTS and Nokia in May 2016, whilst MTS also has a separate 5G development agreement in place with Sweden’s Ericsson, signed in December 2015.