Russian operator MTS announced it will deploy the first 5G-ready dedicated network using Ericsson gear for gold and silver producing company Polymetal, paving the way for future B2B uses of 5G.
In a statement, Ericsson said the network will be switched on at the end of this year at the Nezhdaninskoye gold deposit, and built with Ericsson Dedicated Networks solution, which will “provide a critical communications infrastructure and IoT.”
The solution will comply with 3GPP standards and include a full-fledged carrier-grade network core, MTS and Polymetal will be enabled to use all the carrier-grade packet network functions for own mission-critical applications.
It also supports 4G and non-standalone 5G simultaneously and allows dual-mode core capability to support 5G New Radio Standalone.
The announcement comes after a series of pilot projects with leading Russian enterprises, where the Ericsson deployed private LTE and 5G-ready networks for various industrial needs.
MTS will also build the first commercial Private LTE network in Russia for remote monitoring and managing critical processes in difficult geographic and weather conditions.
Ericsson noted: “The deployment of the Private LTE network as a single high-speed platform for various technological needs will enable MTS to significantly increase the speed of transferring large amounts of information, the fault tolerance of the private network and also reduce its maintenance cost. This will be of particular benefit when dealing with the harsh climatic conditions and constantly changing mountainous terrain.”