MTS receives Russia’s first 5G licence

MTS receives Russia’s first 5G licence

Russian operator MTS has become the country’s first recipient of a 5G licence, enabling it to deliver services in the 24.25–24.65 GHz mmWave band under the 5G/IMT-2020 standard.

MTS was granted the licence by the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor). It covers 83 Russian regions and expires on 16th July 2025.

The operator aims to leverage its high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity for enterprise and industrial applications. In the near future, MTS plans to launch a range of 5G-based solutions for corporate customers.

Alexey Kornya, MTS President & CEO, said: “For MTS, 5G will be a key enabler in developing our digital ecosystem — in particular by unlocking new automation opportunities for B2B customers. Fifth-generation connectivity will enable corporate customers to leverage new advances in AI, IoT, and AR/VR, as well as interactive education, autonomous transportation, and industrial process automation,” he said.

“While we still have a long way to go before mass adoption, it’s already clear that in the next few years 5G is set to impact every industry and become a key growth driver for the economy as a whole”, he added.