Working with Ericsson, Tele2 has launched Russia’s first 5G zone in central Moscow, using its commercial network.
The coverage includes outdoor areas in the busiest part of the Russian capital, stretching between Red Square to Sadovoe Ring. The area will be used to demo and test several applications, including virtual reality (VR) entertainment, smart buildings and more. The 5G pilot zone uses the 28 GHz band in non-standalone (NSA) mode.
Sergey Emdin, Tele2 Russia CEO, said, “Despite fierce competition in the development of new technology, jointly with Ericsson we are the first in the Russian market to launch a 5G zone on our infrastructure.”
Tele2 and Ericsson signed an agreement to deploy 5G technologies in Russia at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Under the terms of the agreement, more than 50,000 base stations will be deployed across the country as part of a five-year network modernisation deal.
The Russian government has called for 5G in all the country’s main cities by 2024 as part of its Digital Economy programme.