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Moscow announces its plans for 5G network roll-out

An agreement has been signed with network operator MTS and pilot projects will focus on areas such as smart cities, virtual and augmented reality and the IoT.

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Pilot 5G projects are expected in Moscow by the end of the year
Pilot 5G projects are expected in Moscow by the end of the year

Moscow’s Department of Information Technology (DIT) has entered a collaborative agreement with a view to developing communication services and digital technologies in the Russian capital.

 

The deal envisages a range of pilot projects including in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, Internet of Things (IoT), smart city, and 5G technologies.

 

Russia’s largest mobile network operator MTS is tasked with rolling out the required information-telecommunication infrastructure in the city.

 

Infrastructure for a digital economy

 

The contract was signed during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum by Sergey Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow, and Alexey Kornya, CEO of MTS.

 

“Moscow is setting itself the task of reducing operator expenditure on creating infrastructure for the commercial launch of 5G by removing administrative barriers,” said Eduard Lysenko, head of DIT.

 

The agreement has been signed in light of the provisions of the Russian Federation’s digital economy state programme. The programme calls for the creation of pilot segments of the fifth-generation mobile communication networks by the end of 2019 and the commercial launch of 5G by 2022.

“Moscow is setting itself the task of reducing operator expenditure on creating infrastructure for the commercial launch of 5G by removing administrative barriers”

Moscow’s DIT has rapidly grown over the past five years. During this period, it claims to have founded more than 1,000 systems and services and has set itself a target of launching some 300 new projects annually.

 

It has also digitised 166 state services and introduced 178 portals including the official mayor and government of Moscow website.

 

DIT systems represent some 60 industries and its products and services include:

  • electronic queue for civil registry office;
  • arrangement of remote medical appointments;
  • personal electronic medical records;
  • children assignment to kindergardens/schools/extracurricular activities;
  • providing schools with cutting-edge technological equipment;
  • obtaining references, enquiries and services remotely;
  • numerous projects in housing and public amenities, ranging from telemetrics and energy to the possibility of submitting water usage information.

According to the DIT, the current structure of the department details up to 30 separate products and programmes including medical and education systems information, creation of crowdsourcing platforms as well as development of various resources and portals for Moscow and its citizens.

 

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