“Beeline” announced the signing of an agreement on joint study and testing of technologies underlying 5G networks, Huawei. Cooperation with the Chinese company seeks to determine the steps for the development of operator networks towards 5G, the strategy of digital transformation of the company.
Under the agreement, it is planned that in the first quarter of 2017 will be tested LTE-U (LTE-Unlicensed) and LTE-Advanced Pro designed to improve the user experience in terms of data transfer.
These studies will help Huawei to develop new technologies and standards, and “Beeline” to create the next generation network, improve service quality and launch new digital services for customers.
For 2017, the companies intend to develop and test the technology of “Internet of things” – machine interaction (M2M), virtual radio, as well as solutions for public safety. In addition, the parties agreed this year to test a number of possibilities, allowing to increase speed and reduce network latency during data transfer.
“Development of new networks is one of the main priorities of “VimpelCom”. We strive to be the best operator in Russia and are confident that this year the consumption of mobile data will increase. For the fourth quarter of 2016, we have seen growth in LTE traffic in more than 2 times compared to the previous year… This partnership will allow us to take the first step towards a fundamentally new quality of services and communication for our clients,” said Sergei Knyshov, Director of network development of JSC “VimpelCom”.
“Despite the fact that the commercial use of 5G networks is expected in 2020, the world’s leading operators understand that significant infrastructure changes, modernization of operations, and the creation of an ecosystem should begin now. We are happy to act as a strategic partner “VympelCom” in the process of transition to networks of the future, which guarantees to subscribers of “Beeline” the benefits of advanced communication services,” said Huawei in.