MTS TESTS UPLINK CARRIER AGGREGATION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EASTERN EUROPE

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Moscow, Russian Federation – Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” or "the Company" – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), the leading telecommunications provider in Russia and the CIS, announces successful trials of Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology for the first time in Russia and Eastern Europe. During the trials, the data transfer speed on the MTS LTE-network from a customer’s device to a base station more than doubled.

The trials took place on MTS’s commercial LTE-network in the Primorye Territory through the combination of 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies using Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology. 

The Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology allows to faster upload “heavy” content to the Internet, which is particularly important for gamers, video bloggers and users of video calls in messengers. The maximum speed reached during the trials was 48MB/sec, meaning that a 20-minute video in HD format can be uploaded to YouTube in approximately 2 minutes.   

«Today, operators compete in the field of high-speed mobile Internet on the basis of Downlink speeds. Recently however, we have seen traffic boom not only when we receive data, but also when we transfer content from smartphones and tablets. People share their photos and video more often than ever and files have become larger and of higher quality. Moreover, people are increasingly interested in services such as Periscope and Facebook Live, which enable live video streaming. Forecasting further growth in the volume of customers’ content, we tested various scenarios, to increase Uplink speeds on our commercial network under real-life conditions», — commented Andrei Ushatskiy, VP for Technology and IT at MTS.

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