Qualcomm ties up with Moscow city council, mobile operators for 5G mmWave network

Wednesday 14 August 2019 | 20:11 CET | News

Qualcomm Technologies said it is working with the Department for IT in Moscow as well as with Russian mobile operators, equipment and software vendors to support testing and deployment of Europe's first 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) network in Moscow this autumn.

It said this is the first 5G NR mmWave (band n257) network launch in Europe this year and will enable the testing and commercialisation of many new applications, from improved fixed broadband and mobile wireless access for private users, to business services. In particular, the project will launch range of new 5G-enabled digital services and innovation in the city, including virtual and augmented reality applications.

Qualcomm said this can allow the city and technology companies operating there to create new jobs developing next-generation applications, spurring the growth of high-tech industries in the area. For that reason, the Department of IT of Moscow is providing support to the Russian mobile communication sector in preparation for the launch.

Eduard Lysenko, head of the IT department of Moscow, said the city will be the first in Russia to deploy fully fledged 5G pilot zones for every telecom operators this autumn. In many large cities worldwide, he said, the deployment of 5G networks is restricted by mobile operators' business needs and their access to the necessary spectrum frequencies. Lysenko said this has been resolved at state level in Moscow to accelerate the roll-out of 5G mmWave.

The pilot is coordinated by the Moscow City Government to keep up with the market in building a safe and reliable 5G infrastructure. This will allow Moscow to create more high-paying jobs and attract more investment to the city, said Lysenko.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Qualcomm
Countries: Russian Federation
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