Russian mobile network operator MTS will implement the first commercial launch in MTS network of the new generation, multi-standard Ericsson Radio System in the Russian city of Ufa.
The Ericsson Radio System with new baseband and radio technology will enhance the network capacity and increase the efficiency of spectrum use, through implementation of LTE carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM.
It also enables the operator to use less equipment on each site, shrinking the occupied space and decreasing power consumption by up to 50% when compared with the currently installed equipment.
MTS subscribers will have an enhanced user experience through higher data rates and better network coverage, providing better accessibility to fast growing services such as HD and 360 video.
Andrey Ushatskiy, Vice President Technology & IT and Chief Technology Officer, MTS, said: “MTS is committed to maintaining its leadership in telecoms technology in Russia and building a solid base to evolve its networks to a 5G standard. On the eve of the introduction of devices supporting LTE Advanced Pro, we are launching the first commercial enhanced LTE Advanced Pro network in Russia.
“Thanks to our co-operation with Ericsson and other vendors we are the first telecom operator in the world to launch an aggregated FDD and TDD network with LTE Advanced Pro technologies, such as 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM modulation, allowing us to achieve mobile internet speeds of up to 400Mbps on just a single carrier and 700Mbps in aggregation mode.
“In this way we not only provide our customers with a significant increase in their internet speeds, but we also increase the efficiency of MTS use of the LTE TDD spectrum in the 2.6GHz range.”
Peter Laurin, Head of Region Northern Europe & Central Asia, Ericsson, said: “Our commercial launch with MTS in Ufa is very important in taking the next step towards a 5G network. Now we are building the most powerful network configuration where all standards and bands available to MTS are realized on the same physical equipment.
“This includes running 2G/3G and LTE TDD/FDD on the same powerful Ericsson Radio System simultaneously. This to significantly increase network efficiency and customer experience. In its compact form factor the Ericsson Radio System is prepared for IoT and future applications supported by the 5G architecture and standard.”