Huawei Wins 5G Big Order from MTS

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On September 11, many Russian media reported that Russia’s largest mobile operator MTS announced the launch of “a large-scale project”, planning to deploy a 5G-enabled mobile communication network in the Moscow region. The supplier that MTS cooperates with is Huawei.
According to the contract, Huawei will provide MTS with new wireless access equipment within two years, including RRU and Massive MIMO antenna systems that support multiple frequency bands, as well as replace existing 2G/3G/4G hardware and software systems. .
Prior to the deal with Huawei, MTS collaborated with Finnish Nokia in the Moscow region. According to Viktor Belov, Vice President for Technology of MTS, the renewal of the network in Moscow and the region will increase its throughput at least three times. Over the past three years, the volume of mobile Internet traffic in the MTS network of the capital region has been growing by 65% ​​annually. It is estimated that the amount of network data will quadruple by 2025. Through this network upgrade, the network capacity in this area has been increased by at least three times to meet the ever-increasing traffic demand.
It is also said that after network upgrades, 5G coverage can be quickly achieved through 4G and 5G dynamic spectrum sharing.
From the content of the report, MTS’s current 5G network deployment should use dynamic spectrum sharing technology to upgrade the existing network to 5G, and it is a replacement project.
It is worth mentioning that Russia is also a country lacking 5G mid-band. As we all know, the 3.4-3.8GHz mid-frequency band has both coverage and capacity advantages. At present, most countries use this frequency band to deploy 5G networks. Of course, Russian operators also hope to do so, and have applied to relevant departments many times.
But Russia’s 3.4-3.8GHz frequency band is currently owned by the Ministry of Defense. In August last year, the Russian Security Council opposed the allocation of this frequency band to telecom operators, and the President later agreed with the Security Council’s views.
Not long ago, MTS obtained Russia’s first 5G license, but because there is no mid-frequency band, it can only deploy 5G using the 24.25-24.65GHz millimeter wave frequency band it has obtained. Because millimeter waves have shortcomings such as small coverage and weak wall penetration capabilities, it is difficult to achieve 5G scale coverage. It is estimated that this operator will use this frequency band to deploy 5G industry private networks. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand why MTS uses dynamic spectrum sharing technology to deploy 5G networks on a large scale.
In order to accelerate 5G wide coverage, Russia is also planning and discussing the release of some frequency bands in the 694-790MHz originally used for broadcast and television to operators for 5G network deployment.