MTS, MGTS, Nokia test 10GPON compatibility with ‘5G’ equipment

18 Aug 2017

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and its fixed network subsidiary Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) have carried out compatibility tests for fixed and mobile networks using 10GPON backhaul and ‘5G’ standard equipment supplied by Nokia. The tests at MGTS’ premises included the connection of prototypes of the Nokia 5G base stations to the MGTS 10GPON network sections, confirming the compatibility of the networks, whilst recording a maximum data transfer rate of 9.5Gbps with a latency of less than one millisecond. Alexander Trokhin, MGTS Technology Director, said: ‘The first tests showed that when connecting base stations through fixed operator networks, cellular companies, according to our estimates, will be able to cut network construction costs by 50% and launch time by 40%.’ Demetrio Russo, Nokia vice president for Eastern Europe, added: ‘The role of fixed access technologies in the evolution of mobile communication networks, in particular the 5G, is becoming more relevant than ever. Due to the ability to deliver network services with extremely low latency and provide the Internet of Things, fixed access technologies are an excellent foundation for supporting 5G.’ A press release continued that the first 10GPON pilot zones will appear in 2017-2018 on the busiest sections of the MGTS network, whilst ‘the total investment in modernisation’ may amount to about RUB10 billion (USD169 million).