Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has launched pilot 5G mmWave network zones at the Tomsk State University of Control Systems & Radioelectronics (TUSUR) and at the nearby production plant of Russian telecoms equipment manufacturer Mikran. The pilot network uses 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System technology in the 27GHz frequency range, enabling peak indoor data download speeds of 2Gbps demonstrated using the Samsung Galaxy S20-plus smartphone.
Marina Feschenko, MTS director for Tomsk Region, said: ‘MTS is systematically developing 5G technologies and innovative infrastructure in various regions of Russia. This makes it possible to study the opportunities that will soon become available to business and, in the future, will provide an impetus for the socio-economic development of the country. For the first time in Russia, the MTS 5G pilot zone has been deployed on the basis of a scientific centre, and the signed agreement will ensure effective interaction between business and scientists in the creation and implementation of innovative technological solutions for various industries.’
Vera Paramonova, director of Mikran, commented: ‘Within the framework of the pilot zone, we will solve research and applied problems aimed at the transition to domestic developments and 5G system solutions.’ Viktor Rulevsky, TUSUR rector, highlighted the goal to ‘form a world-class scientific and educational centre in the Tomsk region’, adding: ‘The launch of the 5G pilot zone will contribute to the training of highly professional personnel and the implementation of advanced developments jointly with the Mikran and MTS companies with the support of regional authorities.’
At the end of last month MTS received Russia’s first commercial 5G mmWave mobile operating licence, giving it nationwide frequencies in the 24.25GHz-24.65GHz range under a five-year concession, which it earmarked for introducing new enterprise and industrial network applications.