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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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M2M REPORT, 2015

Thursday, March 03, 2016

We have recently released a new report on M2M (machine-to-machine) market in Russia for 2015. 

You can download the report below.

MTS M2M Report - 2015.pdf (964.36 kb)

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MTS MAKES HOUSEHOLD DEVICES SMARTER

Monday, November 16, 2015

MTS has signed a partnership agreement with Redmond, the producer of household appliances, aimed at developing and promoting services in the field of the “Internet of things” (IoT) to consumers. This unique strategic initiative reinforces the status of MTS as a leading innovator among telecommunications companies.

As part of the agreement, MTS will provide Redmond with smartphones with pre-installed software and embedded telematic SIM-cards with a special M2M-tariff that enables consumers to control their household utilities online. By promoting “Smart home” solutions MTS expects to increase both the number of active data-SIM-cards per household and the number of mobile internet users, since around 30% of smartphone owners do not currently use internet services. 

MTS installs SIM cards with a special M2M tariff plan in smartphones which will be sold with in household devices such as coffee machines, electric kettles, scales, multicookers and irons. The smartphones are kept in the apartment and used as routers connecting with the devices via Bluetooth. Customers will be able to monitor the status of these houseehold devices and remotely control their functions via a downloadable app. For example, users will be able to enhance household safety by checking whether an iron has been switched off or preventing children from switching it on. They will also be able to maximize comfort by remotely activating heating systems to ensure the home is warm on arrival.

Until recently, MTS has primarily worked on IoT with corporate clients and is the B2B M2M leader in Russia according to J'son & Partners Consulting. MTS serves around 50% of this market by volume of SIM-cards.

In H1 2015, the number of MTS SIM-cards sold for M2M vehicles increased by 20% y-o-y, reaching 3.2 mln. During the period, M2M SIM cards generated 18% of the total traffic consumed by corporates, twice as much as in H1 2014.

Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, commented, “MTS has become the first operator to focus on developing IoT solutions in the B2C segment in Russia. Today, we are the leader in mobile data revenue growth and in the M2M segment. This project is set to strengthen MTS’ position in the promising market of consumer IoT solutions and will enable MTS to further increase its data revenues.”

 

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