MTS picks Ericsson to develop private networks in Russia


Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) Public Joint Stock Company, Russia’s largest mobile communications provider and a leading provider of media and digital services, and Ericsson, have signed a strategic partnership to develop private 5G-ready networks (dedicated networks) for industrial enterprises in Russia.

Since 2019, MTS has successfully implemented more than 15 pilot projects for private networks in partnership with Ericsson across various industries. The two companies have also signed contracts for the construction of commercial LTE / 5G-ready networks in Russia for multiple leading Russian enterprises, including SIBUR, EVRAZ and Severstal.

In September 2021 MTS and Ericsson built the first commercial dedicated network in Russia for Polymetal, one of the world’s largest producers of gold and silver.

In Russia, there is increasing demand for dedicated private networks from various industries – particularly the mining and energy sectors. The goal of the strategic partnership between is to meet this demand and jointly support the development of Industry 4.0, which will be built on the advanced network infrastructure that LTE / 5G networks provides.

MTS brings licenses for the provision of mobile communications services for the deployment of dedicated networks of enterprises, along with its experience and capabilities in the creation of mobile communications networks and IT infrastructure. Ericsson brings a complete portfolio of products and solutions for LTE / 5G dedicated networks in all frequency bands, expertise in deploying networks for the needs of enterprises from different sectors, and an extensive global network of industrial partners.

Inessa Galaktionova, SVP Telecom, MTS, says: “This agreement signals a new era of cooperation between MTS and Ericsson. Dedicated networks are vital infrastructure that Russian enterprises need for digitalization and automation of key production processes. We will leverage the experience gained over the last two years in creating dedicated technological networks to provide customers with integrated, turn-key solutions for multiple technological needs in various industries including mining, metallurgy, oil and gas, petrochemistry, energy, engineering and transport and logistics”.

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson Russia, says: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development of Industry 4.0 and strengthen the competitiveness of enterprises in Russia. We believe that all industries, without exception, will benefit from the adoption of 5G technologies and diverse 5G use cases.”

He adds: “Dedicated networks with ultra-high bandwidth and super-low latency allow enterprises to run multiple use case scenarios on a single network, help increase the safety of people, and improve the environmental friendliness of production. From our work with a variety of Russian companies we see the mining and energy sectors are ready to deploy and actively operate dedicated networks. In the near future we expect demand from other industries to grow.”

Dedicated networks provide a fit-for-purpose, high-performance and agile private network, guaranteeing enterprises the connectivity and security they need with either 4G or 5G cellular connectivity.

Dedicated networks are designed for the digitalization and automation of critical production and technological processes, as well as the integration of various elements of production (such as wireless sensors and devices, IIoT solutions and controllers) into the IT infrastructure of an enterprise into a single closed ecosystem. Isolation from public commercial communication networks provides increased security, reliability and dependability of production and IT processes.

All Ericsson LTE equipment supports the fast and scalable transition to 5G for a variety of scenarios, deployed according to the needs of a particular customer. Among the most demanding scenarios are remote control and management of transport and equipment, enterprise assets monitoring, production control automation, drone control and digital twins.