Nokia and MTS Group to collaborate on 5G and IoT 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, devices and IoT in Russia. 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. In the Future, MTS wants to be fully prepared to leverage IoT in Russia.

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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