Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and its Moscow fixed network division MGTS (‘Moscow City Telephone Network’) have outlined their joint strategy of fixed/mobile technological development for 2017-2020 in the Moscow region. A press release declares that MTS and MGTS will strengthen cooperation in mobile and fixed internet access, with MTS planning to increase the proportion of its Moscow base stations connected to GPON from 25% to 40%-45%, whilst MGTS intends to launch ‘mass adoption’ of XG-PON (10GPON) in its network in 2017, enabling the network to become a platform for transition to 5G services. 10GPON test zones will appear in 2017-18 in the highest-traffic sections of the network, and the 10GPON transition is expected to be complete by 2020.
MTS is establishing 5G pilot zones in preparation for service launch during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and in April this year MGTS will begin testing interoperability of Nokia’s 10GPON and 5G technologies. ‘In relation to 5G technology development, MGTS’ fixed channels of 10GPON standard can become a basis for rapid construction of a new generation mobile network in the Moscow region,’ said Igor Egorov, regional director at MTS.
Thus far, MGTS’ GPON and XG-PON interoperability tests have achieved maximum downstream speeds of 8.5Gbps on equipment supplied by Huawei, whilst MTS and Nokia have tested 5G technologies during which the speed of mobile data transmission reached 4.5Gbps.