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Russian Railways preparing to embrace 5G/LTE technology

Russian Railways and telecommunications group Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) have signed a memorandum to further develop of communication networks along the Moscow – Saint Petersburg railway line.

In 2016-2017, MTS will install base stations along the railway lines in Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad regions. In addition, Sapsan high-speed trains will be equipped with indoors multi-spectrum repeaters (900/1800/2100 MHz). These solutions will allow for sound network coverage without the loss of signal during the journey.

In addition to the Moscow-Saint Petersburg line, MTS will install additional 2G/3G base stations along the tracks leading to the host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, as well as enhance LTE-coverage and implement 5G technologies at the railway stations and platforms in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, and Sochi.

Russian Railways is also studying the possibility to transitioning to 6G networks, according to local press.

Russian Railways has announced that its Digital Railways program is to be implemented between 2020 – 2023. Simulation and mathematical modeling will be used to develop an electronic platform for managing all processes of the company in the field of passenger and freight transport, infrastructure, and rolling stock, informed Valentin Gapanovich, Senior Vice President of Innovation Development of Russian Railways. 

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