Rostelecom and Ericsson will carry out a 5G trial at the State Hermitage Museum, one of the world's most prominent art museums, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The partners will deploy 5G trial zone on the premises of the Hermitage Museum based on Ericsson’s latest 5G technology, and use a mix of virtual reality, haptic technology, and robotics. The three parties involved made the announcement after signing a memorandum of understanding and the trial is scheduled for the first half of 2018.
In the preparation phase, Ericsson will deliver the full range of solutions required for the trial and provide expertise for the implementation and integration. The solutions include Ericsson Radio System which is prepared for 5G implementation. The network will be operated in the 3.5GHz frequency band and support LTE/LTE-Advanced devices.
Mikhail Oseevskiy, President of Rostelecom, says: "We own the necessary network infrastructure, radio frequencies and have experience from similar projects. With every successful deployment we gain important insights, which puts us at the forefront of this technological evolution.”
Mikhail Piotrovskiy, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, says: "The deployment of a 5G network at the Hermitage, one of the key cultural venues in the world, will provide unlimited access to internet for visitors and researchers. These high-speed mobile broadband connections are necessary to digitize the exhibitions as well as preserve artistic work. Technologies that make art accessible ensure a bright future for the cultural world."
Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson in Russia, says: "We are actively involved in the deployment of 5G networks around the world and develop use cases for all industries. The world is becoming increasingly digital and 5G creates new opportunities for businesses and society. The introduction of innovative digital solutions is a top priority in Russia and the partnership between Ericsson, Rostelecom, and the Hermitage is an important step in this direction.”
The project is well aligned with Rostelecom’s strategy to become a provider of high-quality, integrated digital services for a comfortable life and effective business operations. Deployment of 5G technologies is part of Russia’s Digital Economy program, which aims to create an ecosystem for the digital economy, where businesses, academic communities, state and society collaborate in a truly efficient way.