USA based Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it is working with Moscow's DIT alongside major Russian mobile operators to launch 5G mmWave pilot infrastructure services. Using the 'n257' mmWave spectrum band (26.5GHz-29.5GHz), both Tele2 Russia and Swedish vendor Ericsson launched the first of this year's four planned 5G mmWave experimental network zones in Moscow. The other three pilot zones are to be operated by MTS, MegaFon and Beeline, coordinated by the DIT.
Qualcomm says that the Moscow project will enable the testing and commercialisation of a wide range of new applications. This includes improved fixed broadband and mobile wireless access for private users to unique business solutions. The project is intended to kickstart a range of new 5G-enabled digital services and innovation in the city which includes virtual and augmented reality applications.
Yulia Klebanova, vice president of business development at Qualcomm Europe says that the company is working with manufacturers to bring 5G mmWave technology to a wide range of devices, from smartphones to fixed wireless access points.
All Moscow 5G mmWave pilot zones will be operational by September-October. According to Anna Aibasheva, head of Beeline's press service, the commercial Beeline 4G network in Moscow is already 91 per cent 5G ready.