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Samsung and Russian operator MTS sign IoT and 5G MoU

Steve Rogerson
October 6, 2016
Samsung Electronics and Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore and advance IoT and 5G telecommunications technologies.
The MoU covers technologies viewed as essential for advanced communications, including advanced carrier aggregation, multiple-input multiple output (MIMO) technologies, LTE broadcast (eMBMS) and multi-path TCP (MPTCP), as well as IoT technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-M. The two companies will conduct multiple tests to enhance data communication speed, leveraging 4G infrastructure through advanced carrier aggregation, MIMO and MPTCP.
“Samsung is pleased to sign this MoU with MTS as it proves our successful partnership around LTE,” said Dong Soo Park, executive vice president of the South Korean company. “We are confident this collaboration will play a key role in leveraging advanced technologies to bring everyday benefit to the lives of Russians. Based on Samsung’s strengths in 5G and IoT, we look forward to supporting MTS in solidifying their position as an innovative telecommunications leader by discovering new opportunities for the commercialisation of 5G.”
Through its collaboration with Samsung, MTS will also be able to broaden opportunities for new services and applications, such as the IoT. The MoU involves diverse IoT network technologies, including 3GPP based NB-IoT and LTE-M. As network requirements such as data rates, spectrum bandwidth and battery life vary by diverse IoT use cases, MTS and Samsung will find and select the best technology for each business case.
As 5G will play a significant role in providing ultra-fast data communications with low latency and new spectrum efficiencies, the two companies aim to work together to pave the way towards 5G realisation by driving conversation in the direction of 5G trials.
“MTS is consecutively working on preparation of its network in Russian regions for 5G technology deployment, and signing the memorandum with Samsung is another important step on that way,” said MTS vice president of technology Andrei Ushatskiy. “Paying close attention already now to innovative research and development, when new standard requirements are still under formation, we are building a basis for quick 5G implementation in the future, considering growing subscriber needs and changing environment on the country’s telecoms market. Commercial deployment of new technologies, including an area of the IoT, will make it possible for us to occupy new market niches in both corporate and mass market domains.”
Samsung and MTS have been working together since 2013 to establish LTE networks in cities across the North-West Federal District of Russia, including St Petersburg and the Leningrad regions, Pskov, Komi, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and others. The two companies will continue to expand their mutual long-term business cooperation with a focus on 5G.
Since the late 2000s, Samsung has been continuously investing in experiments and studies involving 5G based technologies, with a primary focus on 5G commercialisation technology since 2014. Through its efforts, Samsung’s 5G technology developments have included the world’s first handover demonstration in a multi-cell mm-wave network, a 5G channel modelling tool to reduce the time and labour required for 5G network planning, and RF technology essential in shrinking devices and equipment. Samsung has also played a role in contributing to the formation of 3GPP standards, and holds patents for the 5G standards, expected to be finalised in 2018.
Mobile TeleSystems is a telecoms group in Russia, and central and Eastern Europe. It provides wireless internet access and fixed voice, broadband and pay-TV to more than 100 million customers. Its wireless and fixed-line networks cover Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Belarus.