Home5G & BeyondMoscow is dominating Russia's 5G pilot activities in multiple sectors

    Moscow is dominating Russia’s 5G pilot activities in multiple sectors


    Around half of Russia’s 5G pilot projects were implemented in and around the city in the last year.

    Moscow’s Department of Information Technologies has announced that about half of all 5G pilot projects in Russia this year have taken place in Moscow.

    A 5G Demo Center was launched in the city in October 2020, and is accessible to tech companies, startups, research institutes and universities to test urban solutions using 5G for transport, medicine, urban safety and education.

    One of the most successful trial is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) project which since November has been testing real time visualisation and modelling on a construction site.

    Other successes are a multi-functional complex for drones based on computer vision algorithms and a wireless optical communication solution using free-space optical communication (FSO) with a laser used instead of radio frequencies for data transmission.

    Also, in September, Botkin Hospital gained a 5G medical training space. The vast hospital carries out 70,000 operations annually.

    Aleksander Grobadko, the Deputy Head of the Moscow Department of Information Technologies says: “5G is one of the priorities for technological development in Moscow. Existing pilot projects show how 5G can help Muscovites make traffic safer, solve complex production problems and conduct remote medical consultations.

    “But before introducing such solutions on a metropolitan scale, you need to make sure of their effectiveness. Therefore, since 2019, around 30 pilot sites for 5G testing have been opened in Moscow, 5 Demo centers are operating and industrial 5G test sites are being created, the first of which is being deployed on the basis of Botkin Hospital.