First commercial LAA deployment in Russia delivers Gigabit LTE download speeds, paving the way to 5G

First commercial LAA deployment in Russia delivers Gigabit LTE download speeds, paving the way to 5G
Published: 20 May 2018 - 5:56 a.m.
By: Georgina Enzer

Ericsson and a leading communications service provider in Russia MTS, and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), together with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have jointly deployed Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in Ufa City, Russia.

"With the launch of the commercial high-speed LAA-network in cooperation with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, MTS again confirms its status of a technological leader. This is the first LAA network in Russia and Eastern Europe and an important milestone on the way to 5G. LAA will allow us to build gigabit LTE networks quickly and cost-effectively in places with active traffic consumption, where operators do not always have enough available frequencies in the licensed spectrum,” said Andrey Ushatsky, vice president, Technology and IT, MTS.

Delivering Gigabit LTE speeds, this is the first commercial LAA rollout in the region and is part of the agreement entered by MTS and Ericsson in 2017 to upgrade the MTS network with Ericsson Radio System and core network solutions and prepare for 5G and IoT.

LAA is an important technology in the LTE network evolution to 5G, providing access to new unlicensed frequencies. With this milestone, MTS has surpassed its previous 700Mbps speed record, enabling the service provider to take the next step in turning its mobile infrastructure into gigabit-capable.

"We are happy to see Gigabit LTE network services becoming available to the subscribers of MTS. Gigabit LTE can help operators increase network throughput and achieve higher spectral efficiency, providing incredible network speeds to users of mobile devices powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Gigabit LTE modems with LAA support, including Snapdragon 835 and 845 Mobile Platforms,” Yulia Klebanova, vice president of Business Development, Qualcomm Europe, Inc., said.

The deployment took place in a large trade centre on May 17 following a series of tests conducted on a live MTS network using a commercial smartphone. The gigabit-per-second speeds were achieved using Ericsson Radio System software, including 256-QAM and 4CC Carrier Aggregation of 10 streams with 4x4 MIMO on a 20MHz licensed carrier coupled with 3x20MHz LAA. In addition, a range of Ericsson Radio System products including the LAA-powered Radio 2205, Baseband 5216, and B3 1800MHz band configured Radio 2212 were used in the rollout.

“LAA gives service providers access to new spectrum, increasing network capacity and supporting both higher peak rates and higher-than-average speed rates. This commercial LAA rollout marks another important milestone in our strategic cooperation with MTS. Earlier we achieved peak throughput data rates of 25 Gbps at our joint 5G trial. The next step is to prepare for a new demonstration of enhanced 5G capabilities during the football tournament in Russia this year,” Sebastian Tolstoy, head of Ericsson Russia, said.

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