Beeline has become the third Russian cellco to launch a 5G pilot network zone in Moscow, in partnership with Huawei and the Department for Information Technologies (DIT) of the city authorities. Beeline’s 5G pilot zone around the Luzhniki Stadium follows the launch of similar zones in the capital by rivals Tele2 Russia and MTS. Beeline is testing ultra-wideband mobile access using new-generation smartphones including Huawei’s Mate 20 X, reporting peak data transfer rates to a subscriber device of 2.19Gbps.
Vasil Latsanich, General Director of Beeline, said: ‘Today we are in active stages of preparation for the launch of 5G networks, testing new generation networks simultaneously with several vendors in different cities of Russia. We expect the first 5G smartphones and routers to appear in Beeline stores this year.’
A fourth Russian operator, MegaFon, is gearing up for the launch of a Moscow 5G pilot zone, and this week it announced testing 5G data transfer and packet connections, file downloads, voice and video calls on smartphones in cooperation with Qualcomm and Nokia, achieving data speeds up to 2.46Gbps.