Beeline launches 5G pilot area in Luzhniki in Moscow

Beeline has successfully tested 5G ultra-wideband mobile access services on new-generation smartphones

Russian mobile operator Beeline has launched the 5G pilot area near Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The pilot area comes with the support of the ICT Department of the Moscow city municipality, under a cooperation agreement signed by Beeline and the Moscow government.


For the pilot zone on the territory of the Moscow sports complex Luzhniki Beeline uses a technological solution from Huawei, which makes it easier for the operator to launch 5G in densely built-up urban areas – in the face of severe restrictions on available space. Its distinguishing features are lightness, compactness, energy efficiency and quick deployment.

The infrastructure for the pilot zone in Luzhniki was provided by the Russian Towers Group of Companies, in full compliance with the requirements of the law.

The 5G pilot zone in the Luzhniki sports complex became Beeline’s second space for testing the operation of new generation networks after a 5G network fragment was deployed in the test lab last year.

Vasil Latsanich, General Director of VimpelCom:“5G technology is the next critical step in the evolution of mobile Internet. By launching the 5G pilot zone in Luzhniki, we want, first of all, to test the potential for developing the user experience of our customers. Today we are in an active stage of preparation for the launch of 5G networks, testing new generation networks simultaneously with several vendors in different cities of Russia. We expect the first 5G smartphones and routers to appear in Beeline stores later this year. In order for users to evaluate the capabilities of the new communication standard as soon as possible, we carry out large-scale work to modernize our network. Currently, the Beeline network in Moscow is already at 91% 5G-ready, that is, it is ready to implement fifth-generation networks, and 100% of the Beeline network supports NBIoT. We plan further launches of pilot zones in the regions of Russia. Including,

Zhao Lei, CEO of Huawei’s operator business in Russia: “Huawei is a Beeline strategic partner in Russia and supports the deployment of Russia’s first 5G-ready Beeline network in Moscow. Huawei and Beeline are also actively collaborating in tests of existing fragments of 5G networks. “Huawei supports Beeline in the effort to build the most technologically advanced network, which will contribute to the development of Russia’s digital infrastructure, improve the quality of life of its residents and make it possible to use 5G technology in the interests of a rapidly developing digital economy and business.”

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