In Moscow, MTS and Huawei are launching a commercial 5G experience

MTS, Russia’s biggest telecom provider, and Huawei have launched 5G networks in 14 of Moscow’s most iconic locations. They’ve also released a “5G Has Arrived” campaign to promote a brand new smartphone experience that includes fast connections, downloads, and games. This activation is a significant step toward rapid 5G commercialization in Russia, and it is MTS and Huawei’s first accomplishment in the collaborative innovation initiative “5G City.”

MTS and Vladivostok TV launched a live TV channel using 5G modules in October of last year, and it was an immediate success. MTS and Huawei recently collaborated to stream live broadcasts using Huawei 5G smartphones in 14 5G experience arenas, highlighting the latest 5G experience in terms of connectivity, download, and gaming to Russian customers. The findings were promising: a communication speed of over 1 Gbps, 2 GB of files and software downloaded in less than 10 seconds, and online gaming that met latency standards anywhere.

In the 14 pilots, MTS used Huawei’s patented Super Blade Site solution to ease the rollout of 5G sites. Given that macro pole sites account for more than 40% of all sites in Moscow, the Super Blade Site solution, which combines antenna/AAU, RF, and BBU goods into a single blade, solves antenna installation space and site rent issues.

“MTS has prioritized 5G and will continue to do so. We’re excited to investigate and improve 5G apps for our person and business users in order to help the country’s economy grow. A large number of customers will be able to enjoy the advantages of 5G — high-bandwidth, low-latency networking with next-generation devices — at 14 trial sites. This provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to track infrastructure efficiency and service quality in real-world scenarios “MTS Chief Technology Officer Victor Belov said.