Nokia has entered into a partnership with Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group to manage the ever increasing demand of connected people and devices.
“We are at the forefront of 5G development, focused on delivering solutions that will prepare today’s networks for this technology. As a result, we can help operators such as MTS to evolve smoothly and efficiently to the programmable world,” Wladimir Ulianow, head of CBT MTS at Nokia, said.
As per the terms of the partnership, the two companies will deploy a test network during an international sports event in Russia in 2018. Nokia and MTS will deploy a 5G test network in a Russian football stadium to enable fans to experience video and other data services.
The joint testing will focus on the implementation of LTE-Advanced Pro features such as enhanced carrier aggregation and LTE-broadcast, along with coverage and capacity improvements using LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA).
The two companies will also explore IoT projects using Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT), LTE-Machine (LTE-M) and Extended Coverage GSM technologies.
“MTS is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks taking into account the complexity and scope of the challenges to be solved when implementing the 5G standards. We are excited to leverage Nokia’s technology to help us transition to 5G and take full advantage of IoT. The joint projects and trials we will undertake will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, and we look forward to showcasing this work in 2018,” Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at MTS, said.