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Press Release -- October 28th, 2021
Source: Ericsson

MTS and Ericsson enter strategic partnership to develop private networks in Russia

Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS), Russia’s largest mobile communications provider and a leading provider of media and digital services, and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings), have signed a strategic partnership to develop private 5G-ready networks (dedicated networks) for industrial enterprises in Russia

the world’s largest producers of gold and silver.

In Russia, there is increasing demand for dedicated private networks from various industries – particularly the mining and energy sectors. The goal of the strategic partnership between is to meet this demand and jointly support the development of Industry 4.0, which will be built on the advanced network infrastructure that LTE / 5G networks provides.

MTS brings licenses for the provision of mobile communications services for the deployment of dedicated networks of enterprises, along with its experience and capabilities in the creation of mobile communications networks and IT infrastructure. Ericsson brings a complete portfolio of products and solutions for LTE / 5G dedicated networks in all frequency bands, expertise in deploying networks for the needs of enterprises from different sectors, and an extensive global network of industrial partners.

Inessa Galaktionova, SVP Telecom, MTS, says: “This agreement signals a new era of cooperation between MTS and Ericsson. Dedicated networks are vital infrastructure that Russian enterprises need for digitalization and automation of key production processes. We will leverage the experience gained over the last two years in creating dedicated technological networks to provide customers with integrated, turn-key solutions for multiple technological needs in various industries including mining, metallurgy, oil and gas, petrochemistry, energy, engineering and transport and logistics”. 

Sebastian Tolstoy, Head of Ericsson Russia, says: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development of Industry 4.0 and strengthen the competitiveness of enterprises in Russia. We believe that all industries, without exception, will benefit from the adoption of 5G technologies and diverse 5G use cases.”

He adds: “Dedicated networks with ultra-high bandwidth and super-low latency allow enterprises to run multiple use case scenarios on a single network, help increase the safety of people, and improve the environmental friendliness of production. From our work with a variety of Russian companies we see the mining and energy sectors are ready to deploy and actively operate dedicated networks. In the near future we expect demand from other industries to grow.”  

Dedicated networks provide a fit-for-purpose, high-performance and agile private network, guaranteeing enterprises the connectivity and security they need with either 4G or 5G cellular connectivity.

Dedicated networks are designed for the digitalization and automation of critical production and technological processes, as well as the integration of various elements of production (such as wireless sensors and devices, IIoT solutions and controllers) into the IT infrastructure of an enterprise into a single closed ecosystem. Isolation from public commercial communication networks provides increased security, reliability and dependability of production and IT processes.

All Ericsson LTE equipment supports the fast and scalable transition to 5G for a variety of scenarios, deployed according to the needs of a particular customer. Among the most demanding scenarios are remote control and management of transport and equipment, enterprise assets monitoring, production control automation, drone control and digital twins.  


Tatyana Oberemova,
Head of Marketing & Communications, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Mobile +79162600497

Alexey Merkutov,
Media Relations Head
Mobile +79161413387

Ericsson Newsroom  (+46 10 719 69 92)  (+46 10 719 00 00)

Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans the business areas Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services and Emerging Business. It is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s innovation investments have delivered the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband to billions of people globally. Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York.

Mobile TeleSystems Public Joint Stock Company (“MTS” – NYSE: MBT; MOEX: MTSS), Russia’s leading mobile connectivity and digital services provider, offers a range of mobile, fixed-line, and digital services. We serve over 80 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia, and Belarus, and about 9 million customers in Russia of fixed-line services, including fixed voice, broadband internet, and pay-TV. To keep pace with evolving customer demand, MTS is redefining what telecommunications services are by offering innovative products beyond its core network-related businesses in various tech segments, including Big Data, financial and banking services, internet of things, OTT, cloud computing, systems integration and e-commerce. We leverage our market-leading retail network as a platform for customer services and sales of devices and accessories. MTS maintains its leadership in the Russian mobile market in terms of revenue and profitability. MTS is majority-owned by Sistema PJSFC. Since 2000, MTS shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange and since 2003 – on the Moscow Exchange. For more information, please visit:

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