MTS turns to Ericsson for 5G and IoT

October 24, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The largest telecommunications operator in Russia, MTS is upgrading its network with the Ericsson Radio System and core network systems to prepare for 5G and IoT. The agreement includes 5G- and IoT-ready hardware and software for the next three years.

Ericsson will deliver the latest software features that will be continuously developed during the next three years. The scope of the agreement includes 5G-ready radio hardware, Ericsson Radio Systems and core network with the latest Ericsson Mobile Softswitch (MSS), as well as User Data Consolidation (UDC), providing consolidation of user data for all network functions.

These systems will upgrade the mobile networks for 2G, 3G and 4G. In addition, MTS will prepare the network for 5G with Ericsson software for Massive IoT, including NB-IoT and Cat-M1 technologies. This enables a wide range of IoT use-cases including metering and sensor applications.

The agreement fully supports MTS's strategy of preparing the network with 5G and IoT-ready hardware to enable a fast commercialization of these technologies. The deployment starts Q4 2017 and total value of the contract is expected to exceed EUR 400 million.

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Andrey Ushatsky, MTS Chief Technology Officer, says: "In April 2017, in Moscow our companies demonstrated 5G technology with peak data rates up to 25 Gbit/s. Now we have reached an agreement with Ericsson, which will supply MTS new equipment enabling our network to deploy first solutions based on 5G technologies starting 2020. After upgrade, MTS network will provide higher data rates, increased capacity and low latency. These characteristics are critical for IoT and digital services that we are starting to implement today."