Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has signed a three-year network upgrade contract with Ericsson, including 5G-ready radio hardware, Ericsson Radio System, core network Mobile Softswitch Solution (MSS) and User Data Consolidation (UDC), providing consolidation of user data for all network functions. Additionally, MTS aims to prepare the network for 5G with Ericsson software for ‘Massive IoT’ solutions, including NB-IoT and Cat-M1 (LTE-M) technologies. Deployments start in Q4 2017 and total value of the contract is expected to exceed EUR400 million (USD471 million).
Andrey Ushatsky, MTS’ CTO, said: ‘In April 2017, in Moscow our companies demonstrated 5G technology with peak data rates up to 25Gbps. Now we have reached an agreement with Ericsson, which will supply MTS new equipment enabling our network to deploy first solutions based on 5G technologies starting 2020. After upgrade, MTS network will provide higher data rates, increased capacity and low latency. These characteristics are critical for IoT and digital services that we are starting to implement today.’
The announcement follows the 5G Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by MTS and Ericsson in December 2015. To demonstrate the capabilities of 5G and IoT technologies, the two companies will roll out 5G demo zones during the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.