Russian MTS mobile operator gets country's first 5G license

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  • Wednesday, 29 Jul 2020

MOSCOW, July 28 (Xinhua) -- MTS, a leading Russian mobile operator and media and digital services provider, said Tuesday it has received the country's first license for 5G operations in the 24.25-24.65 GHz mmWave band under the 5G/IMT-2020 standard.

"Obtaining Russia's first 5G license is a historic moment for our industry, bringing us one step closer to a new era in the history of communications, digitalization, and information technology," MTS President and CEO Alexey Kornya said in a statement.

"While we still have a long way to go before mass adoption, it's already clear that in the next few years 5G is set to impact every industry and become a key growth driver for the economy as a whole," he said.

The company plans to market innovative new solutions that leverage cutting-edge high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity for enterprise and industrial applications, the statement said.

The license, which was granted by the Russian telecoms and media watchdog Roskomnadzor, covers 83 Russian regions and expires July 16, 2025, the statement said.

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