MOTIV moves towards 5G with Ericsson partnership and spectrum sharing

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Russian service provider MOTIV has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to test 5G equipment and technologies.

Paving the way for the arrival of 5G on MOTIV’s network, the 2019-20 agreement includes the testing and deployment of advanced MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) 4x4 antenna configuration, License Assisted Access (LAA) and Massive MIMO technologies.

The partners will carry out joint lab testing of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core.

Spectrum sharing

The MoU also includes the deployment of spectrum-sharing solutions and the launch of 5G pilot zones on MOTIV’s commercial network.

Alexander Kasiyan, Chief Technology Officer, MOTIV, said, “MOTIV is continuing to invest in the modernisation and development of our own network to provide maximum possible data speeds to our subscribers. We currently deploy modern combined base stations supporting LTE TDD-2600 and actively use carrier aggregation. These efforts will increase network capacity in large cities and enable us to provide impressive data speed rates.”

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson Russia, added, “5G is set to transform lives, industries and workplaces in Russia, so we are pleased to partner with MOTIV on their way to make that happen. Through this Memorandum of Understanding, MOTIV’s customers will get to enjoy fantastic new user experiences and benefits as we move towards a 5G reality.”