Russian operator Beeline (VimpelCom PJSC) and Chinese vendor Huawei have signed a two-year strategic partnership agreement on piloting and integrating 4.5G, 5G and IoT technology solutions, reports TelecomDaily. The partners will test the Huawei Massive MIMO solution on a commercial network, enabling gigabit LTE data rates, whilst also piloting LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) technology. Carrier Aggregation (CA) will be tested between TDD and FDD LTE standards, and dynamic spectrum re-use (based on the Cloud AIR system) will be piloted ahead of a planned commercial launch of LTE services in the existing 2G/3G 900MHz and 2100MHz bands. Furthermore, the agreement includes piloting Cloud RAN solutions for increasing base stations’ frequency usage efficiency and improving user experience in locations with a high concentration of traffic. Another key area of the partnership is pilot testing of NB-IoT technology, planned in 2018-19. Furthermore, the partners will work towards a joint pilot of 5G New Radio (NR) network technology and test new products and services supported by 5G NR. The agreement was reached within the framework of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.