NTI Competence Center Launches 5G Base Station at Skoltech

The National Technology Initiative (NTI) Competence Center launched the first 5G base station at Skoltech within the framework of a pilot zone for Russian equipment developers.

Testing will take place at a frequency range of 4.8-4.99 GHz and tests have already been conducted on 5G smartphones (Huawei Mate 20X), during which data transfer speeds exceeded 300 mbps. The number of 5G stations is expected to increase towards the end of the year.

In the coming days, the base station will be tested together with domestic transport network equipment (T8, ELTEX).

The base station supports bands up to 50 MHz and MIMO 4x4. Connecting subscriber units to the network core, also deployed as part of the experimental 5G zone, is possible thanks to the Non-Standalone (NSA) mode. NSA uses a 4G network for the initial connection of a subscriber device with a further transition to New Radio in the EN-DC mode.

“This launch is a small but important step in the right direction. Skoltech has a full-fledged test bench for 5G technology at the current stage of its development. Our goals are to find foreign solutions that can be licensed in the source codes, and also to debug domestic equipment. This is the first open test zone in Russia, deployed in the interests of Russian developers and manufacturers, and not for a specific foreign vendor,” says Dmitry Lakontsev, head of Wireless and IoT at the NTI Competence Center: 

By the end of the year, the functionality of 5G base stations will be expanded. They will support bandwidths up to 100 MHz and 8x8 MIMO.

17 september 2019