Moscow lining up 5G network launch via MTS partnership

Moscow lining up 5G network launch via MTS partnership

An agreement signed by MTS CEO Alexey Kornya and Moscow’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin will focus on developing communication services and information-telecommunication technologies in the city.

The agreement was signed during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, and envisages pilot projects aimed at developing new digital technologies and communication services in Moscow, including in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, Internet of Things, Smart City, and 5G technologies.

For these purposes the required information-telecommunication infrastructure will be created in the city. The authorised agency responsible for implementing the agreement on behalf of Moscow is the city’s Department of Information Technology (DIT).

“Moscow is setting itself the task of reducing operator expenditure on creating infrastructure for the commercial launch of 5G by removing administrative barriers,” said Eduard Lysenko, Head of DIT.

The agreement has been signed in light of the provisions of the state programme Digital Economy of the Russian Federation, which calls for the creation of pilot segments of the fifth generation mobile communication networks by the end of 2019 and the commercial launch of 5G by 2022.

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