MTS selects Ericsson for central Russian network modernisation, with eye on 5G

27 Mar 2020

Russia’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has extended its long-standing partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson to include a large-scale network modernisation of its 2G/3G/4G infrastructure across 16 regions of Russia’s Central Federal District surrounding Moscow. Ericsson claims it is now the single biggest supplier of mobile network infrastructure to MTS.

The latest agreement involves the supply of Ericsson Radio System products and solutions for modernisation of ‘several thousand’ sites, while Ericsson’s press release adds that ‘the project will continue until 2026’. The modernisation aims to significantly increase the performance and capacity of MTS’ network, enabling the cellco to quickly deploy 5G coverage and services on existing network infrastructure and frequency bands, with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing technology supporting 5G switch-on through remote software installation. Enhanced AI solutions integrated across Ericsson’s portfolio are also designed to improve network performance, as well as predictive analytics to reduce critical incidents and Ericsson Cognitive Planning & Optimisation software to improve the overall network and user experience.

Note that Russian authorities have yet to issue any commercial 5G mobile spectrum, and are yet to confirm plans for permitting cellcos to use existing frequency resources for 5G rollout.

Russia, Ericsson, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)