MTS was the first in Russia licensed to 5G

The company “MTS” has received the first in our country licensed to provide communication services according to the standard 5G. While regular users won’t be able to use the network: the operator must wait until the regulatory bodies will prepare all legal documents required for next generation networks, and after that at the first stage, access to a 5G network, MTS will receive the enterprise, reported “Vedomosti”.

5G is the collective name of mobile networks of new generation. The main advantages of these networks before the networks of previous generations are more high-speed data transfer, low latency and the possibility of simultaneous work with a much larger number of subscribers, which is important to equip Internet access for small devices and sensors. 5G features described in the draft standard , IMT-2020, which should be approved this year. Despite the preliminary status of the standard, four of the five largest smartphone manufacturers already produce devices that support 5G, and in many countries operators have started to launch commercial network.

5G is divided into two main wavelength range: below six gigahertz and above 24 GHz. The second range is also known as mmWave, it achieved the highest speed (the current record is 4.7 gigabits per second and belongs to Nokia). Roskomnadzor has granted MTS a license for exactly the mmWave range, namely the part from 24.25 to 24.65 GHz. The license allows the company to provide services in 5G network up to 16 July 2025 almost the entire territory of Ukraine (except Crimea and Sevastopol).

MTS plans in the first stage to provide a network of businesses, not ordinary customers. The company expects that it can be used for fast remote device management, tracking the performance of hardware and other projects, for example, infrastructure inspection drones. A company representative told “Vedomosti” that the commercial use depends on regulatory authorities and will be possible after they approve all regulations.

Mobile networks in dozens of countries have long overtaken Wi-Fi for high-speed data transmission, and with the introduction of 5G, the gap can increase. Recently, the company OpenSignal has published a study that compared the average download speed over 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi in eight countries, leading to the introduction of 5G. It turned out that in all countries, except the United States, the new generation network significantly outperform 4G and Wi-Fi.

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