Testing Begins at First Russian 5G Pilot Zone in Moscow
Friday, August 16, 2019 | Comments

The first Russian pilot zone for 5G launched in Moscow. Tverskaya Street, from the Kremlin to the Garden Ring, falls under the solid outdoor coverage of the first 5G pilot area.

5G development agreements were signed with the four largest mobile network operators in Russia, said Eduard Lysenko, minister of the government of Moscow, head of the Department of Information Technologies.

“They suggest implementation of pilot projects aimed at the development of new digital technologies and communication services in Moscow, that aim to open up fundamentally new opportunities,” Lysenko said. “A higher data transfer rate along with broader bandwidth will encourage the development of the internet of things (IoT), autonomous transport, remote medicine and many other cutting-edge technologies that will make the lives of citizens even more comfortable.”

The first Russian 5G zone was deployed in the center of Moscow in the 28 GHz band in the non-stand-alone (NSA) mode, which allows the deployment of 5G in Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks and simplifies the implementation of the latest standard at the initial stage.

The networks of the new generation will be implemented in VDNH park, Vorobyovy Gory and the Skolkovo Innovation Center in partnership with Russia’s four major wireless operators. Business and residents will have the opportunity to test new 5G-based services while the telecom providers test the technology itself.

5G is the new generation of standards for mobile networks. The technology features high data transfer rates, large capacities and ultra-reliable connections with low latency which is crucial for development of IoT. For the first time, 5G technology was applied in Moscow during the World Cup in 2018.

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