MTS to expand 5G pilot to St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg; Rostelecom applies for 5G metro test

10 Mar 2021

Russia’s Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) plans to expand its 4.9GHz 5G pilot user network to locations in the country’s second city St Petersburg later this year, according to the head of MTS’ St Petersburg division Palev Korotin, quoted by the Prime news agency. Prime also reports that MTS aims to roll out the 5G pilot user network in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city by population, in 2021. MTS announced the launch of the 5G pilot in 14 locations in Moscow on 5 March, with compatible device owners able to participate by invitation only.

In other Russian news, Rostelecom’s subsidiary FreshTel has submitted an application for testing 3.5GHz 5G network services in metro train stations in Moscow and Kazan (capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan), which is under consideration by the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF), Vedomosti reports. Note that it is currently unclear whether the SCRF will extend the regional permits for fixed-wireless 3.5GHz broadband held by FreshTel and other companies, which expire this month.