In 2021, MTS will install Huawei equipment with 5G-ready functionality in Moscow, dismantling all Nokia base stations. This was announced by Inessa Galaktionova, First Vice President for Telecommunications Business of the company.
According to her, MTS plans to build 6.5 thousand base stations, which will be 2.5 times more than in 2020. Most of the facilities will be built in the Novomoskovsk and Troitsk administrative districts, as well as in Khimki, Mytishchi, Balashikha and Krasnogorsk. The company estimates the total capital expenditures in the capital region for 2021 at 16 billion rubles (equivalent to $216 million).
According to ComNews, the press service of Huawei is not providing a comment on the initiative.
The publication also requested information from other participants in the telecom market. Beeline said that they completed the modernization of existing equipment in Moscow and the region in 2019 and focused their efforts on the construction of new infrastructure in 2020. According to Tele2, the operator has a state-of-the-art network in Moscow, which initially develops on Ericsson 5G-ready equipment. Megafon declined to comment.