First 5G NR mmWave to Launch in Moscow This Fall

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The Department for Information Technologies of Moscow and Qualcomm announced they will work with Russian mobile operators to deploy a 5G millimeter wave network in Moscow this fall. The project is meant to allow the city and technology companies operating in Moscow to create new jobs developing next-generation applications, giving new impetus to the growth of high-tech industries in the area and increasing the role of Moscow as one of the world’s leading technology centers. 

“Moscow is one of the most dynamically developing cities in Europe,” said Yulia Klebanova, vice president, business development, QUALCOMM Europe.

 “Over the next few years, Moscow plans to equip business centers, stadiums, main streets, congress halls, railway stations and airports with high-capacity ultra-fast, low-latency mobile communications to bring a whole new level of services to individuals and businesses in the capital. Deploying 5G networks on the n257 mmWave band will allow operators to achieve this goal in a very efficient way, and we’re pleased to report that cooperation between the Moscow authorities and mobile operators has been well-coordinated. In turn, we are working with manufacturers to bring 5G mmWave technology to a wide range of devices, from smartphones to fixed wireless access points, which will be essential to the city achieving its goal,” Klebanova said. 

“Moscow is scheduled to be the first city in Russia to deploy fully-fledged 5G pilot zones across all telecom operators this fall. In many of the world’s megacities, the deployment of 5G networks is restricted by mobile operators’ business needs and their access to the spectrum frequencies needed. In our case, spectrum access has been resolved at state level to accelerate the rollout of high-capacity 5G mmWave. Also, this 5G pilot is coordinated by the Moscow City Government and, in particular, the Department of Information Technologies of Moscow. We are keeping up with the market in building a safe and reliable 5G infrastructure that will allow Moscow to create more high-paying jobs and attract further investment to the city,” said Eduard Lysenko, head of the IT department of Moscow. 

August 15, 2019

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