Samsung, MTS ink agreement to collaborate on 5G, IoT and MIMO technologies
The deal between the Korean giant and the Russian telco includes 5G, IoT and MIMO technologies
Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics and Russian telecom operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and develop new technologies, including 5G, IoT and MIMO.
Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will focus on advanced Carrier Aggregation, Multiple-Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technologies, LTE Broadcast (eMBMS), Multi-path TCP (MPTCP) as well as IoT technologies such as NB-IoT and LTE-Machine.
The MoU stipulates that the two companies will carry out multiple tests to enhance data communication speed, leveraging 4G infrastructure through advanced Carrier aggregation, MIMO and MPTCP.
“Samsung is pleased to sign this MoU with MTS as it proves our successful partnership around LTE. We are confident that this collaboration will play a key role in leveraging advanced technologies to bring everyday benefit to the lives of Russians,” said Dong Soo Park, EVP of the Networks business at Samsung Electronics. “Based on Samsung’s strengths in 5G and IoT, we look forward to supporting MTS in solidifying their position as an innovative telecommunications leader by discovering new opportunities for the commercialization of 5G.”
Through its collaboration with Samsung, the Russian telco will be in a position to launch new services and applications, such as IoT. The MoU involves diverse IoT network technologies, including 3GPP based NB-IoT and LTE-M.
Samsung and MTS will also cooperate to pave the way towards 5G technology through the implementation of future 5G trials.
“MTS is consecutively working on preparation of its network in Russian regions for 5G technology deployment, and signing memorandum with Samsung is another important step on that way,” MTS’s Vice President of Technology, Andrei Ushatskiy, said. “Commercial deployment of new technologies, including an area of IoT, will make it possible for us to occupy new market niche in both corporate and mass market domains.”
Samsung and MTS have been working together since 2013 to establish LTE networks in cities across the North-West Federal District of Russia, including St. Petersburg and the Leningrad regions, Pskov, Komi, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk, among others.
MTS provide wireless internet access and fixed voice, broadband and pay TV services to over 100 million customers in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Belarus.