MTS joining rivals’ 5G joint venture, says director

3 Nov 2021

Russian cellular market leader Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) intends to participate in the joint venture established by rivals MegaFon, Rostelecom/Tele2 and VimpelCom (Beeline) for cooperative deployment of 5G mobile networks, according to Alexey Maslyankin, director of the MTS Radio Access Network Department, who was speaking at the ‘5G Future Russia 2021’ forum. As quoted by TelecomDaily, Maslyankin stated: ‘Yes, we are planning to join the joint venture. We believe that the industry’s efforts in clearing, converting frequency bands should be consolidated. Now there are discussions about the technical nuances of the introduction. I think in the near future we will remove all the questions.’ While the MTS executive stopped sort of clarifying the timing of such a move, Rostelecom’s director of strategic development Alesya Mamchur also indicated that the development was expected ‘in the near future’.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that in June 2021 MegaFon, Beeline and Rostelecom signed an agreement to take equal stakes in the New Digital Solutions joint venture, which will initially pursue testing for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), research on using certain spectrum bands for 5G networks, and implementation of organisational and technical measures to release the spectrum from existing usage, with chief focus on the ranges 694MHz-790MHz, 3.4GHz-3.8GHz, 4.4GHz-4.99GHz and 24.25GHz-29.5GHz, although not limited to these resources.

Russia, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)