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МТS AND ERICSSON TO LAUNCH R&D CENTER FOR 5G AND IOT DEVELOPMENT IN TATARSTAN

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, the world’s largest event for the mobile telecommunications industry, MTS signed an agreement with Ericsson to jointly launch an R&D Center in the Republic of Tatarstan to develop a wide range of innovative solutions based on 5G and IoT technologies. The agreement is a part of the broader strategic collaboration between MTS and Ericsson in the 5G space.

The R&D Center will be opened in the second quarter of 2018 using existing MTS’ infrastructure at the technology park "Innopolis" in Kazan. The first task for the R&D Center is to focus on developing Smart City solutions for Russian urban areas.

The setup of the center assumes that both Ericsson and MTS contribute expertise to the project, including developers, engineers, business analysis and market research. MTS will provide the premises, data center facilities, test environment, additional resources from its Innovation Center, as well as the newly created IoT Lab. Ericsson will provide access to its proprietary technologies (including Ericsson IoT Accelerator, Massive IoT solutions for NB-IoT development), global expertise, educational resources, ecosystem of partners, startups and universities, including consulting support in the form of the Ericsson Cloud Lab in Aachen, Germany, and the Ericsson Garage incubator start-up.

Valery Shorzhin, Vice President, Procurement and Administration, MTS, commented: "MTS is actively preparing its network for the introduction of 5G technologies. We are conducting research both in-house and through partnerships with key suppliers, and continuously testing new solutions. Today, we launch a new stage of our technological cooperation with Ericsson. The launch of a joint R&D Center will significantly accelerate the introduction of innovative products to the market. We hope that the research work of both companies will allow us to bring new developments not only to the Russian, but also to the global market. MTS has the competencies and experience to create innovative products through its own Innovation Center and IoT Lab”.

Sebastian Tolstoy, President, Ericsson (Russia), commented: “Establishing joint R&D Center with MTS at Innopolis is a new phase of our strategic cooperation with MTS in 5G. Ericsson will provide its latest 5G and IoT technologies, global expertise and access to worldwide ecosystem of partners and universities, as well as support of key Business Labs. The R&D Center at Innopolis will become an important part of Ericsson’s global R&D program for the development and launch of IoT innovations to drive large-scale uptake of IoT in Russia and beyond”.

Initially, both companies will create a working group and assemble the technological infrastructure used by the Center. In cooperation with local partners, universities and start-ups, the companies will organize a number of hackathons, focusing on development of Smart City solutions. Subsequently, a joint commission will determine the most promising ideas for building product prototypes. Based on test results, the companies will select the most innovative solutions for practical implementation in 2019.

MTS BOOSTS THE RUSSIAN IOT ECOSYSTEM WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE OPEN IOT LAB

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MTS launched the Open IoT Lab in Moscow to demonstrate and trial a wide range of IoT solutions, bringing together IoT suppliers and customers to further stimulate growth in the market. It is the first of its kind in Russia based on NB-IoT (Narrowband-Internet of Things) technology and launched under the GSMA Mobile IoT initiative.

The MTS Open IoT Lab is an innovation space, where our corporate customers, partners and suppliers can explore current and future IoT-enabled solutions in a wide range of fields; from water consumption metering to city lightning management. The Lab serves as a showcase for the effectiveness of various pilot and commercial fragments of IoT-networks utilizing numerous sensors and devices that transmit data to clouds for further processing. The devices are managed and controlled through tablets and laptops, with visual reporting shown on large screens.

The IoT Lab presents the results of our cooperation with a number of vendors. The central part of the showcase is a test NB-IoT network in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands with four pilot products based on Nokia technologies: smart home solutions, smart city infrastructure monitoring and management, energy consumption control in housing services, and physical facility security systems. There is also a test NB-IoT network based on Ericsson solution for housing and communal services.

The adoption of the NB-IoT standard by regulators will further accelerate the commercial launch and rollout of IoT solutions across Russia. Due to the greater available network capacity, energy efficiency and high sensitivity offered by radio modules, the new standard will allow to connect multiple IoT devices to one base station, even in difficult conditions of signal passage and without the sensor battery replacement for several years. MTS is well prepared for the fast approaching connected future and has a wide portfolio of innovative IoT products and services for B2B customers, including solutions for smart home and smart city, monitoring and security, as well as production processes management and others.

Calling to “Explore IoT”, our Lab serves not only as a showroom for MTS IoT products in action, but also as a real laboratory to rise tomorrow’s IoT products. It is designed to provide our partners and device manufacturers wishing to accelerate the development of connected devices with access to our facilities at no cost. They can bring their early stage projects or solutions to our Lab for testing and receiving first-hand operational experience. MTS IoT experts are also available in the Lab for support.

“Today’s announcement serves as yet another illustration of MTS digital-focused strategy. With the launch of the Open IoT Lab, MTS reinforces its commitment to develop the IoT ecosystem in Russia. By providing reliable connectivity and working together with our partners and device manufacturers, we can accelerate the future of the Internet of Things. As next steps in the IoT development, we will strengthen our presence in the IoT segment through open source platforms, cloud apps and the introduction of IoT Platform fit for any scale. We believe that the IoT evolution will benefit individuals, businesses and entire economics by escalating connectedness, removing physical barriers, and harnessing Big Data,” said Kirill Dmitriev, Vice President, Sales and Customer Services, MTS.

"Today, we present a comprehensive infrastructure of the Internet of things using commercially available standardized solutions and open interfaces. The implementation of this project will allow MTS to become the centre of the Russian ecosystem of IoT, combining many developers and applications in various sectors of the economy. The opening of the MTS IoT laboratory is the next step in implementing agreements between our companies in the development of IoT and 5G, "said Demetrio Russo, Vice President, Eastern Europe, Nokia.

“There is a real sense of momentum behind the roll-out of Mobile IoT networks across both NB-IoT and LTE-M with 29 global launches around the world to date. This is underpinned by a growing community of over 25 open labs supporting operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors to trial new technologies,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “We welcome today’s announcement as it provides innovative Russian companies with the opportunity to trial new products and services using LPWA networks and accelerate their time to market.”

 

МТS leadership and pioneering on the Russian IoT Market

· MTS is the pioneer in M2M field in Russia. MTS was the first operator to introduce the first M2M tariff plan. It was also the pioneer to launch Smart Metering service.  

· MTS is the leader in the Russian IoT market in terms of telematics SIM-cards. According to AC&M Consulting, our market share in 2016 was 43%. 

· MTS regularly expands and actively promotes its portfolio of IoT products and services in Russia:

o In 2009, MTS offered the first M2M solution for vehicle monitoring;  

o In 2011, MTS launched the M2M Manager service to set and control multiple IoT devices;

o In 2016, MTS and Nokia tested the first complex IoT solution and NB-IoT in Russia; 

o In 2017, MTS launched the IoT Platform with an open API for different IoT solutions for enterprises, including "Smart Metering" service.

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MTS AND ERICSSON SECURE NEW RECORD DATA SPEED FOR RUSSIA DURING 5G TEST

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Moscow, Russian Federation – PJSC MTS (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), the world leader in information and communication technologies, announce the successful trial of 5G technology, during which data transfer speed reached a record of up to 25 Gbps for the first time in Russia on a movable prototype of a smartphone. Previously, all 5G trials were conducted only between stationary devices.

Testing was conducted at Moscow’s ‘Opening Arena’ stadium, where a base station operating in the range of 14.5-15.3 GHz transmitted a signal to a movable prototype of a subscriber’s at the speed of 25 Gbps. This data transfer speed allows just for 18 days to transfer absolutely all traffic of all MTS subscribers that they exchanged during 2016 - including downloading and streaming of movies, video calls, Internet surfing, downloading and transferring media files. The total volume of traffic that MTS subscribers transferred in 2016 is 1,206 Pb.

As part of the trials, MTS and Ericsson experienced other possibilities and advantages of 5G technology for various scenarios: online video streaming in 4K format, as well as virtual reality services and remote robot control over a mobile network that require ultra-small delays and high data rates.

"The tests showed an absolute record for data speeds in Russia to a mobile device, and on specific examples we saw how close we are to the daily use of 5G solutions. MTS is currently building a data transfer network and testing various solutions to ensure we’re ready for 5G standardization. We now hope in cooperation with our partners to develop an extended 5G demo zone for the major sporting event of 2018 in Russia, "said Igor Egorov, Director of Moscow region, MTS.

"The scalable and dynamic 5G network gives operators the ability to create many new services and generate additional revenue streams. The 5G network will ensure the automation of business processes and the transformation necessary for the dissemination of the Internet of Things, as well as the use of services such as VR and AR," added Hannes Ekstrom, Head of Customer Unit MTS, Market Area Europe & Latin America, Ericsson.

 

The following innovative technologies were used during the tests:

Multi-User and Massive MIMO with an array of transmit-receive antennas and the ability to simultaneously service several subscribers in one sector of a cell on the same frequency band. This significantly increases the data transfer rate and the efficiency of the frequency resource;

Beam Tracking, which provides user devices with a stable connection and the best throughput when moving;

Dynamic TDD, which improves the data transfer rate and the efficiency of using wireless network resources by dynamically redistributing the bandwidth when transmitting traffic in the downlink and upstream channels.

 

The trials are part of the strategic partnership between MTS and Ericsson within the framework of the agreement signed in December 2015 on cooperation in the development and implementation of 5G technologies in Russia.

Cooperation between MTS and Ericsson on innovation and 5G:

In July 2015, for the first time in Russia, MTS and Ericsson completed a test for an automatically scalable function of the multimedia messaging subsystem (IMS) in the cloud to provide voice services in the LTE network (VoLTE);

In October 2015, companies tested Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast technology on a commercial network for the first time in Russia. During the test session in Nizhny Novgorod, HD-quality video was streamed to an LTE-smartphone supporting LTE Broadcast;

In June 2016, the companies tested LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed), demonstrating the aggregation of two frequency bands - 10 MHz in the 1800 MHz band of LTE and 20 MHz in the unlicensed 5 GHz band at Wi-Fi access points. During the tests, the data transfer rate reached 200 Mbit / s;

In June 2016, the companies signed an agreement on the supply of software for the modernization of MTS’ network. As part of the agreement, which will run until 2019, the companies will implement IoT technology solutions and test extended GSM technology (EC-GSM-IoT).

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MTS AND ERICSSON EXTEND PARTNERSHIP IN 5G AND IOT

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MTS, in partnership with Ericsson, has successfully tested a 5G technology solution - LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) - by aggregating two frequencies – 10 MHz at the LTE-1800 MHz and 20 MHz at the unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum range - at Wi-Fi spots. During testing, we realized speeds up to 200 Mb/sec.

This successful test on MTS networks is the first fruit from our agreement with Ericsson aimed at developing and implementing 5G technologies in Russia, which we signed in December 2015. Aggregation of two networks’ resources – LTE and unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum - allows for better internet speeds indoors, better coverage and enhanced network quality.

In addition, MTS and Ericsson signed an agreement for the supply of software for upgrading MTS’s radio network through 2018, by which the companies will implement Internet of things (IoT) solutions for 5G networks and test radio interface EC-GSM-IoT (Extended Coverage GSM IoT), a technology which enables operations of M2M devices in operators’ current cellular networks.

EC-GSM-IoT technology significantly reduces the cost and accelerates the deployment of IoT ecosystems. Due to the economical use of the frequency spectrum, new radio interface allows for a multifold increase in the number of operating devices in the M2M network. Due to the increased sensitivity of radio modules, the technology provides for a seven-fold expansion of the range of devices, as well as a reduction in their energy consumption. The implementation of this technology does not require a large-scale replacement of equipment, and, in most cases, the software upgrade can be installed on the radio network nodes. This means that an operator can create an IoT environment virtually anywhere where GSM coverage is available and connect tens of thousands of devices within an area of one base station - where current mobile devices may not "access" a radio signal.

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МТS AND ERICSSON BOOST 3G NETWORK SPEED UP TO 4G

Thursday, April 07, 2016

MTS and Ericsson, the world leader in the field of ICT, announce the successful testing of three-frequency band aggregation in an existing commercial 3G network operating in Ufa (The Republic of Bashkortostan).  During testing, peak data transfer rate increased by one-third – up to 63 Mbit/sec, which is comparable with 4G speeds.

The aggregation of three 5 MHz band carrier frequencies was conducted in the 2.1 GHz band with data being transferred by one stream to a single mobile device, which supports HSDPA Multi-Carrier 3 Carriers technology.

Today, more than 90% of MTS 3G base stations work on DC-HSDPA+ technology, which utilizes dual-carrier bands and provides peak rates of 42 Mbit/sec. Nevertheless, 64% of DC-HSPDA+ base stations in 83 regions of Russia are enabled with third frequency carrier capabilities, which may be used to increase the capacity of the network by one-third or to increase access rates up to 63 Mbit/sec.

Around 68% of MTS total data traffic is 3G, so the Company continues to upgrade its 3G networks. Since 2014, MTS has enabled tri-carrier frequency on base stations in different regions of Russia. The steady growth of access speed of 3G base stations from 42 Mbit/sec to 63 Mbit/sec demonstrates that the technical specs come close to those of 4G networks. That is why with new mobile terminals appearing on the market MTS plans to use tri-band carrier aggregation to increase speed and use 3G frequencies more efficiently.

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ERICSSON SUPPORTING MTS IN 3G ROLL-OUT

Friday, June 01, 2012

We wanted to share with you a great movie Ericsson filmed about the role they played in MTS’s 3G roll-out. Ericsson was one of the vendors that MTS retained to ensure that the ambitious goal of covering 80% of Russia’s populated territory with 3G network is attained within the shortest possible timeframe. MTS obtained its 3G license in 2007, and launched services in major cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow in 2008-2009.  Yet the large-scale, nationwide roll-out of our 3G network didn’t begin until the second half of 2010. MTS has since installed 23,000 base stations, covering 14,000 population centers across Russia. The project required mobilization of significant resources within the company since nearly 5,000 employees were actively involved in planning the roll-out, identifying locations for sites, ensuring that proper paperwork was completed, connecting base stations to transport networks and overseeing construction carried out both by our strategic vendors - Ericsson, NSN (Nokia Siemens Networks) and Huawei - as well as their network of subcontractors. NSN focused their efforts on Moscow and Central Russia, Huawei was hard at work in Russia’s Far East while Ericsson - as this video attests - delivered 9,000 base stations across Russia.

 

The 3G build out continues into 2012 as we aim to reach our goal of 28,000 base stations, but the deployment of the network has already translated into dramatic increases in data traffic - from 70 Mb per user month in Q1 2010 to 455 Mb in Q1 2012. Furthermore, data traffic revenues have doubled during this period.

Click here to view the video on our youtube channel.

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