US-based Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it is working with Moscow’s Department for Information Technologies (DIT) alongside major Russian mobile operators and other vendors to launch 5G mmWave pilot infrastructure services in Moscow this autumn. Using the ‘n257’ mmWave spectrum band (26.5GHz-29.5GHz), earlier this month Tele2 Russia and Swedish vendor Ericsson launched the first of this year’s four planned 5G mmWave experimental network zones in the capital, on the central Tverskaya Street. The other three pilot zones are to be operated by MTS, MegaFon and Beeline, coordinated by the DIT.
Qualcomm says the Moscow project will enable the testing and commercialisation of a wide range of new applications, from improved fixed broadband and mobile wireless access for private users to unique business solutions. In particular, the project is intended to kickstart a range of new 5G-enabled digital services and innovation in the city, including virtual/augmented reality applications. Yulia Klebanova, vice president of business development at Qualcomm Europe, said the company is ‘working with manufacturers to bring 5G mmWave technology to a wide range of devices, from smartphones to fixed wireless access points.’
ComNews reports that all Moscow 5G mmWave pilot zones will be operational by September-October. Anna Aibasheva, head of Beeline’s press service, told ComNews that the commercial Beeline 4G network in Moscow is already 91% ‘5G-ready’.