MTS brings 5G to a museum in fresh tech trials with Samsung

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MTS has chosen a museum of radio technology in St Petersburg to hold its latest demonstration of 5G, focusing on video calls, low latency videogames and HD video streaming.

The Russian operator set up a demonstration zone at the Popov Central Museum of Radio Communications, one of the oldest museums of science and technology in the city.

It worked with Samsung on the demonstrations, with participants using prototype tablets from the Korean manufacturer to play a football simulator.

Samsung also built the end-to-end network, comprising 5G customer premises equipment, radio access units, virtualised RAN and core networks.

Pavel Korotin, Director of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, at MTS, said: "Our goal is to adapt new technologies to commercial use in cooperation with industry-leading vendors.

"Today’s trial with Samsung Electronics demonstrates that 5G is not an academic theory, but presents a nearly ready set of practical network solutions that will allow customers to manage a broad range of everyday tasks and open new opportunities that are unachievable on 4G."

Both telcos have been working together since 2014, when they launched LTE networks in St. Petersburg, Leningrad and other parts of the north west of Russia.

MTS signed a deal with Samsung in late 2016 to help it in its move towards 5G. The Russian operator has also been working extensively with Ericsson, most recently on a network upgrade.