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Thursday, May 31, 2018

MTS, Ericsson and Intel have piloted a virtual cyber sport game on 5G network supporting high speeds and low latency.  

At Startup Village 2018 Conference, a major start-up event in Russia organized by the Skolkovo Foundation, the participants matched the game played on 5G trial zone by the cyber team of Immergity, VR/AR games development studio. Gamers in the role of pilots of intergalactic ships in VR helmets fought in the exciting game AI Rebellion with the forces of artificial intelligence that came out of human control.

For two days in the gaming zone at Startup Village 2018, two gaming stations interacted in the virtual space game using Ericsson’s base station and Intel® 5G Mobile Trial platform connected to the 28 GHz band with a minimal delay of 4 ms, at least five times less than on LTE networks.

Vyacheslav Nikolaev, Vice President, Marketing, MTS, commented, "In cooperation with our partners, we continue to demonstrate the potential of 5G for various use cases. This time, gamers used 5G in "real combat conditions". The results of the games showed advantages of low latency provided by the new technology. In a little while, this parameter will be a mainstream not only for entertainment but also for everyday needs such as a remote control of various processes, autonomous vehicles and Tactile Internet. Such examples include telemedicine and e-learning, the areas where low latency and dot-to-dot transmissions of fine motor skills play critical role".

Hannes Ekstrom, Ericsson Vice President, Business Development with MTS, Ericsson in Russia, commented, “5G opens vast opportunities for industrial and consumer scenarios in multiple areas - smart manufacturing, smart buildings, connected machines, fleet management and urban transport, meters and consumer electronics. Gaming is one of fastest growing industries and important part of many people’s life. In addition to high data speed and fast internet, 5G will bring new capabilities such as low latency and long battery life.  These aspects will be critically important for scenarios, which we presented today in cooperation with our strategic partner MTS.”

The trial is a 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 in Russia.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

MTS is the first operator in Eastern Europe to launch a commercial broadband Gigabit Class LTE network with LAA technology in the Republic of Bashkortostan. The network showed downlink speeds of up to 979 Mbps thanks to the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum. These incredible Gigabit Class LAA download speeds in Russia were demonstrated during the trial held in Ufa-based Planet shopping outlet on a segment of MTS’ commercial network, supported by Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. 

The LAA (License Assisted Access) technology will be used in the future 5G networks to ensure increased data throughput and network capacity. The solution demonstrates how an LTE base station and end device can operate using licensed spectrum frequencies owned by a carrier and unlicensed spectrum simultaneously in the 5 GHz band. In order to allow for fair coexistence with Wi-Fi devices, the LTE base station performs Listen-Before-Talk (LBT). 

A commercial LAA network in Ufa has been designed by aggregating a 20 MHz band in the 1800 MHz licensed LTE spectrum (4x4 MIMO, 256-QAM) and three 20 MHz bands (2x2 MIMO, 256-QAM) in the 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum. The installation in the Planeta shopping outlet is built on Ericsson’s ERS indoor small cell stations using 1800 (2212) and LAA (2205) broadband radio modules, while Motorola Moto Z2 Force smartphone powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform was used as smartphone. The Snapdragon 835 integrates X16 LTE modem, the first commercial modem supporting the LAA technology. The configuration yielded downlink speeds of 979 Mbps.

Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President, Technology and IT, MTS, commented, "With the launch of the commercial high speed LAA-network in Bashkortostan, in cooperation with Ericsson and Qualcomm, MTS again confirms its status of a technological leader. This is the first LAA-network in Russia and Eastern Europe. This technology is an important milestone on the way to 5G as it will be used in next-generation networks to instantly download “heavy” files, Ultra HD video, VR and AR services, and cloud-based video games. In addition, LAA will allow us to build gigabit networks quickly and cost-effectively in places with active traffic consumption, where operators do not always have enough available frequencies in the licensed spectrum.” 

Sebastian Tolstoy, President, Ericsson (Russia), commented, “LAA offers mobile operators access to additional spectrum resources, increases network capacity and provides higher peak and median data rates. The launch of the first commercial LAA network in Russia marks another important milestone in our strategic cooperation with MTS. Last year, out joint technology trial enabled us to achieve record data rates of 25 Gbps. Our next step is to showcase 5G capabilities during this year’s main sports event in Russia.”

Yulia Klebanova, Vice President of business development, Qualcomm Europe, Inc., commented, "This important LAA technology milestone marks a new phase of the effective long-term cooperation between Qualcomm Technologies and MTS. We are happy to see Gigabit Class LTE network services becoming available to MTS subscribers in this country. Gigabit LTE can help operators increase network throughput and achieve higher spectral efficiency, providing incredible network speeds to users of mobile devices powered by the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with an integrated X16 LTE modem supporting LAA, whilst contributing to higher link throughput to those who use previous generation smartphones. We expect that with gradual LAA deployment across Russia and more LAA-supporting devices available in retail stores, a higher number of MTS subscribers will get access to higher connection speeds.” 

The launch of the LAA technology on a commercial network signifies the next milestone of the partnership between MTS and Ericsson outlined in the 5G Technology Development Agreement signed in December 2015 by both companies. In July 2016, MTS successfully ran the first testing of LAA technology in Russia. 

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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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Taking connection on Moscow metro to a new level

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MTS has successfully installed new equipment to secure seamless connection for passengers in Moscow metro. MTS cooperated with MaximaTelecom, a high-tech company specializing in development and commercialization of Wi-Fi networks in public areas, to implement the project.To achieve this new level of service, MTS equipped approximately 4,000 metro trains with femtocells connected to MaximaTelecom’s networks. These micro base stations boost the quality of signal available to MTS subscribers while travelling on Moscow metro trains. Even during peak hours, MTS subscribers can now enjoy reliable underground network to use voice, SMS, and mobile internet services.

Igor Yegorov, Director of the Moscow region at MTS, commented: “The launch of this project brings the quality of MTS’ services on the Moscow Metro to a new level. MTS subscribers are now able to be fully connected not just in the station lobbies and on the escalators, but while they’re inside the metro trains. This helps to provide a seamless and uninterrupted mobile user experience for millions of people during their lengthy journeys on the vast Moscow underground network. We will continue to enhance and fine-tune our underground service, identify and rectify any potential issues and expand coverage.”

Boris Volpe, CEO of MaximaTelecom, added: “Moscow is a world leader in providing internet services to metro passengers. It was the first city in the world to provide free, high-speed Wi-Fi access across all metro lines, which is today used by over 80% of Moscow’s residents. With the launch of this new MTS service, Moscow is again standing out as an innovator in this area. MTS customers now have access to the highest possible level of service while travelling on the Moscow Metro, and this is a standard all Moscow mobile networks should aspire to.”


MTS сurrently provides voice services in all Moscow metro stations. In 2016, MTS provided LTE mobile internet in 53 stations and this figure is expected to rise to 140 by the end of 2017.  

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In 2014, we expanded our network by 20% through the installation of 15,000 3G and LTE base stations. By the end of the year, MTS launched LTE networks in 76 of Russia’s 85 regions. 


During the year, we continued to enhance our 2G and 3G networks and realized total population coverage of 98% by the end of the year. Over 80% of 3G base stations on our network now deliver speeds of 42 Mb/s, the fastest data transfer speed commercially available, through the deployment of Dual-Cell HSPA+. The remaining 3G base stations run on HSPA+ standard and deliver speeds up to 21 Mb/s.


In 2014, mobile data traffic on MTSs networks increased 1.7 times in Russia. The highest growth in the mobile traffic consumption was registered in the North-West and Moscow regions, where traffic grew 2.2 and 2 times respectively. In Moscow, the volume of the LTE traffic increased 13 times year-over-year due to network development and growing penetration of LTE-enabled smartphones, tablets and dongles. The traffic growth was also aided by Apples decision to enable LTE-TDD network for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, as well as older iPhone 5S and 5C models.


The total length of our fiber-optic lines reached 160,000 km in 2014. The increase was driven by the construction of long distance lines in the regions and the aggressive build-out of the Gigabit-capable Passive Optic Network (GPON) in Moscow, where the total length of the lines increased to 40,000 km. GPON is capable of delivering high-speed broadband and digital TV to 3.5 million Moscow households. During the year the number of the households passed doubled while the volume of internet traffic on our network increased by 45%.

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