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MTS PARTNERED WITH SKOLKOVO ON SMART CITY DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

At Startup Village 2018, the largest startup conference for technology entrepreneurs in Russia & the CIS, MTS and the Skolkovo signed a partnership agreement on joint cooperation in developing Smart City technologies. As the first step under the agreement, the partners launched an IoT pilot zone based on NB-IoT networks at the Skolkovo technopark.

The NB-IoT test zone covers the whole territory of the technopark and is open to any start-ups and companies developing Smart City solutions. NB-IoT is the best suited technological standard for data collection, analysis and management as well as for remote device monitoring. Its key advantages include rapid deployment and scaling, energy efficiency, long distance communication, secure channel and the ability to combine up to 50,000 devices on one base station into a single network. For comparison, a standard base station can combine only up to a thousand devices.

"Live network" testing will significantly accelerate the process of launching  innovative products in the areas of security, housing and communal services, manufacturing, retail, transport, medicine, environmental monitoring, government agencies and the gaming industry.

Sergey Ivanchenko, first deputy CEO, UDAS Skolkovo LLC, commented, "Today, technological and service development is carried out through deep integration of a variety of devices and systems interacting in real time. The launch of the MTS NB-IoT test zone provides wide opportunities for Skolkovo’s residents to efficiently develop, test and commercialize digital city products and services.”

Igor Egorov, Director of Moscow region, MTS, commented, "The ability to test and refine products is the core condition for the development of Smart City technology and entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to be able to provide such opportunity to the developers of innovative solutions through our test zones as well as at the MTS startup accelerator and our NB-IoT Lab. Launching the NB-IoT pilot zone in Skolkovo will allow us to expand the number of experts and companies involved in the development of digital solutions and reduce time-to-market for IoT solutions."

IoT development in MTS 

• In December 2017, MTS opened an IoT Lab in Moscow, where dozens of developers have already successfully tested their IoT-based solutions. 

• In April 2018, MTS launched an IoT pilot zone in St. Petersburg to implement Smart City of St. Petersburg project.

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Andrei Ushatsky speaks with Mobile Europe

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Andrei Ushatsky, CTO, spoke with Graeme Neill, editor for Mobile Europe, about technological challenges faced by MTS ahead of World Cap, 5G and IoT boom. Click here to read the full article.

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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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