Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the largest mobile network operator in Russia, has deployed two 5G network pilot areas for Russian bank Sber.
Both operate in the 4.9 GHz band and both trial areas are located alongside bank offices in Moscow, said a press release from the Moscow-headquartered operator.
According to the release, the first zone inside the bank’s new Kutuzovsky Prospekt headquarters will enable users of compatible 4.9GHz 5G smartphones to connect to unlimited high-speed internet and digital services.
The second 5G pilot zone near Sber’s offices on Andropova Avenue is additionally ‘designed to test wireless services of the Sberbank ecosystem, including unmanned solutions for transport, where connection reliability, low latency, and high data transfer rates are critical,’ it said.
Sberbank says that in addition to increasing bandwidth and reducing latency, the 5G standard offers several other benefits.
“The technology allows us to use different connection quality parameters and, in fact, customize the communication parameters based on the specific needs of companies and individuals,” said Ruslan Gurdjian, CEO of Sberbank-Telecom.
Andrey Zimenkov, MTS B2B Commercial Director, said: "Sber is our key partner and client, for whom we have built a pilot public 5G network, providing not only access to high-speed mobile internet and Sber services but also opportunities for research in the field of ecosystem solutions."