Nokia, MTS Group to collaborate on IoT, 5G in Russia

Nokia and leading Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group have signed a collaboration agreement that will create a strategic path to the realization of 5G technology and the management of the ever-growing demands of connected people and devices.

The companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018.

It is estimated that the Internet of Things (IoT) will result in 10 to 100 times more connected devices than people, creating technological challenges, but also opportunities, for new services and applications. With this in mind, MTS has outlined a roadmap to evolve its networks to 5G.

Together with Nokia, MTS Group will develop test projects that leverage 4G technologies such as LTE-Advanced Pro as well as 5G to enable faster speeds, lower latency and new spectrum efficiencies. In 2018, the two companies will implement a 5G test network in a Russian football stadium to allow fans to experience innovative video and other services during the major event being staged there.

Agreement details at a glance

Testing will focus on:

•Implementation of LTE-Advanced Pro features such as enhanced carrier aggregation and LTE-broadcast

•Coverage and capacity improvements using LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA)

•Innovative IoT projects using Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), LTE-Machine (LTE-M) and Extended Coverage GSM technologies

•Demonstrations of 5G and dual connectivity of LTE and 5G technologies in the centimeter band

•Deployment of a 5G test network

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Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at MTS, said: “MTS is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks taking into account the complexity and scope of the challenges to be solved when implementing the 5G standards. We are excited to leverage Nokia’s technology to help us transition to 5G and take full advantage of IoT. The joint projects and trials we will undertake will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, and we look forward to showcasing this work in 2018.”

Wladimir Ulianow, head of CBT MTS at Nokia, said: “We are at the forefront of 5G development, focused on delivering solutions that will prepare today’s networks for this technology. As a result, we can help operators such as MTS to evolve smoothly and efficiently to the programmable world.”