Samsung and MTS sign IoT partnership

James Pearce
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Korean manufacturer will work with Russian mobile operator to advance new technologies including 5G and the Internet of Things

Samsung Electronics has partnered with Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) to explore new technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) covers technologies carrier aggregation, multiple input multiple output (MIMO), LTE broadcast, multi-path TCP (MPTCP), and IoT standards such as narrowband internet of things (NB-IoT) and LTE-machine.

The MoU will see the two companies conduct tests aimed at enhancing data communication speeds and leveraging 4G technologies. The collaboration will also see MTS broaden opportunities for new technologies such as IoT. 

It will see a combined assessment of the best technologies to tackle challenges that the growing IoT market presents, such as data rates, spectrum bandwidth and battery life. It will also carry out trials of new 5G technology as the next generation of connectivity develops.

“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 VP of technology Andrei Ushatskiy. 

“Paying close attention already now to innovative research and development, when new standard requirements are still under formation, we build a basis for quick 5G implementation in future, considering growing subscriber needs and changing environment on country’s telecom market. 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.”

MTS has worked with Samsung since 2013. The partnership has already seen the establishment of LTE networks in cities across Russia, including St. Petersburg and Leningrad regions.

The Korean electronics firm has also signed agreements with a number of operators, including a partnership with SK Telecom that recently saw the first successful handover between a 4G and 5G network.

“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.”