At the end of July, MTS, Russia’s largest telecom operator, announced on its official website that it had obtained a license to provide standard 5G communication services with frequencies ranging from 24.25 GHz to 24.65 GHz in 83 regions of Russia. The licences, issued by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecoms regulator, are valid until July 2025.
MTS said in a statement that the first target groups for 5G network services have been targeted, and they mainly include commercial users and large manufacturing enterprises. MTS will introduce solutions for industrial enterprises in the near future.
Thus, MTS became the first operator to obtain 5G license in Russia, officially announcing the beginning of the commercial era of 5G in Russia.
A scholar familiar with Chinese and Russian science and technology affairs told China Business News that MTS only got the 5G licenses, and the construction of 5G network needs a lot of capital investment. MTS will definitely push forward the construction of 5G in Russia together with its partners.
Notably, MTS signed an agreement with Huawei in June 2019 to develop 5G connections and initially roll out these networks in Russia in 2019 and 2020