Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) announced yesterday that it has received the country’s first licence for 5G operations, in the 24.25GHz-24.65GHz mmWave band, and as a result it plans to market ‘innovative new solutions that leverage cutting-edge high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity for enterprise and industrial applications’. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, IT & Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) granted MTS the mmWave concession which covers 83 Russian regions (i.e. all except Russian-occupied Crimea/Sevastopol) and expires in July 2025. The award was permitted via a decision of 17 March 2020 by the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) under the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications & Mass Media (Minkomsvyaz).
MTS CEO Alexey Kornya commented: ‘Obtaining Russia’s first 5G licence is a historic moment for our industry, bringing us one step closer to a new era in the history of communications, digitalisation and information technology. For MTS, 5G will be a key enabler in developing our digital ecosystem – in particular by unlocking new automation opportunities for B2B customers. Fifth-generation connectivity will enable corporate customers to leverage new advances in AI, IoT, and AR/VR, as well as interactive education, autonomous transportation, and industrial process automation. While we still have a long way to go before mass adoption, it’s already clear that in the next few years 5G is set to impact every industry and become a key growth driver for the economy as a whole.’
In the near future, MTS plans to launch a range of 5G-based solutions for corporate customers, with development and testing of a variety of business uses cases already underway, including:
• Manufacturing: machine vision, predictive analytics, and digital twins for remote equipment monitoring and control
• Agriculture, pulp & paper, and oil & gas: drone-based infrastructure inspection and monitoring
• Healthcare: remote surgery and patient monitoring.
• Retail: digitised smart stores and biometric payment systems
• Logistics: automated warehouse operations and autonomous vehicles.