Russian telecom Tele2 has launched what it claims is the first 5G zone in central Moscow after an agreement with Ericsson earlier this year came to fruition.
The 5G zone is live on Tverskaya Street, in a busy part of the Russian capital between Red Square and Sadovoe Ring.
Ericsson said the zone can be used to demonstrate the opportunities 5G can bring such as virtual reality, smart buildings and other consumer and industrial use cases where the high speeds of the next-generation wireless technology and low latency can be beneficial.
The pilot zone was deployed in the 28 GHz band in non-standalone (NSA) mode, the frequency band for anchor LTE band is Band 7 (2600 MHz), and the 5G pocket routers supporting 28 GHz are employed as end-user devices for ultra-high speed mobile broadband services.
Under terms of the agreement with Ericsson and Tele2, more than 50,000 base stations will be deployed across Russia as part of a five-year network modernization deal.