Russian telco MTS hits speeds of 2.1Gbps in Moscow mmWave trial

The services are set to begin in the first half of 2020.
Most mobile network operators in Russia will launch 5G using the mmWave spectrum
Most mobile network operators in Russia will launch 5G using the mmWave spectrum

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Russian mobile network operator, MTS has achieved speeds of 2.1Gbps in its latest mmWave 5G trials.

Using Nokia's AirScale mmWave radio equipment and Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G handset, MTS was able to achieve these speeds. As a matter of fact, these speeds are far in excess of the speeds achieved in Europe's live 5G networks. 

MTS' test network uses the mmWave spectrum predominantly, due to a shortage of the mid-range spectrum in Russia. All four of Russia's mobile network operators are expected to launch 5G services using the mmWave spectrum. This is in contrast to the rest of Europe, which has launched its initial 5G offerings on the C-band spectrum.

Speaking about the testing, Inessa Galaktionova, MTS first vice president for telecommunications said “Not long ago we were testing 5G equipment the size of a closet, and today, together with our partners, we showcased a 5G smartphone operating under typical user conditions that externally is indistinguishable from a regular 4G device. The first 5G smartphones and routers will go on sale in MTS stores providing our customers the ability to realize the benefits of this next-generation standard by using the high-speed mobile connectivity and digital services provided by MTS’s 5G pilot networks.”

The first of Russia's 5G services are expected to begin commercially in the first half of 2020.

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