Tele2 Russia and Ericsson have launched an experimental 5G zone in central Moscow on Tele2’s commercial network, claiming a national ‘first’ and announcing that outdoor 5G coverage is ‘live’ in Tverskaya Street, the busiest part of the Russian capital, stretching between Red Square to Sadovoe Ring. Ericsson’s press release states: ‘The 5G pilot zone is deployed in the 28GHz band in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode, the frequency band for anchor LTE band is Band 7 (2600MHz), and the 5G pocket routers supporting 28GHz are used as end-user devices for mobile broadband services with ultra-high speeds.’ The release also says that ‘the area is ready for all kinds of demos exploring the opportunities of 5G, including immersive VR entertainment, smart buildings and other consumer and industrial use cases where high data speed and ultra-low latency are deemed critical.’
Sergey Emdin, Tele2 Russia CEO, declared: ‘We are the first in the Russian market to launch a 5G zone on our infrastructure … from tests and laboratory trials, we are moving to operating the technology on a commercial network. In the near future, Muscovites will be able to see for themselves what 5G will bring to the daily life, entertainment and development of smart city.’
As reported by CommsUpdate, in June this year Tele2 Russia and its parent Rostelecom signed an agreement with Ericsson to operate a 5G test zone in Moscow, one of four 5G pilots planned in the capital this year – the other three to be operated by rivals MTS, MegaFon and Beeline. Earlier, in February the Swedish vendor was awarded a contract to upgrade Tele2 Russia’s network to ‘5G-ready’ standards across 50,000 base stations in 27 regions including Moscow and St. Petersburg, and in June Tele2 inked a five-year agreement with Finland’s Nokia covering the installation of 35,000 5G-ready base stations to upgrade the 2G/3G/4G network in a further 41 regions.