MTS tests 5G Open RAN with Russian software; opens Urals 5G test zone

11 Nov 2021

Russian mobile market leader Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has successfully tested Russia’s first 5G Open RAN using domestic software developed by the Skolkovo Institute of Science & Technology (Skoltech). Data download speeds above 1Gbps were achieved in the Open RAN lab at the MTS 5G Centre in Moscow, using smartphones with 5G Standalone (SA) support available on the Russian market. MTS and Skoltech began cooperation on the development of domestic 5G hardware and software systems based on the open standardised architecture of Open RAN radio access in December 2019. The use of these standards is aimed at localising the production of telecom equipment in Russia, accelerating and reducing the cost of building new generation communication networks.

MTS also this week opened the first 5G network test zone in the Urals, at the Ural Federal University (UrFU) in Yekaterinburg, incorporating an indoor network operating with 27GHz range frequencies, in partnership with Ericsson. Students, researchers and teachers will use the new facility to test technical solutions such as drones, robotics and special applications for industrial production sites, smart homes and smart cities.

Russia, Ericsson, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)