Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the launch of Russia’s first large-scale 5G pilot user network, utilising the 4.9GHz frequency band, in 14 popular locations in Moscow, where MTS subscribers using compatible smartphones will be able to connect to unlimited 5G internet at speeds up to 1.5Gbps with minimal network latency. President of MTS Alexey Kornya said that the pilot will be available to ‘thousands’ of MTS subscribers with 5G-compatible devices (supporting the ‘n79’ 4.4GHz-5.0GHz band) who will be invited to participate via an SMS message, with selection carried out automatically ‘based on an impersonal analysis of data on their movement, proximity to pilot locations, service consumption profile and internet traffic’.
Pilot 5G users are promised benefits of faster downloading of heavy content, UHD quality video viewing/broadcasting, AR/VR services and cloud gaming, as well as using their device as a high speed Wi-Fi hotspot. MTS will also use the pilot to solve technical problems to improve 5G infrastructure and its compatibility with subscriber equipment, and evaluate its performance. The number of 5G pilot coverage zones will increase over time, MTS added.