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Telit module makes 5G connection on MTS sub-6GHz network

Steve Rogerson
April 1, 2020

Telit’s FN980m data card module has completed a 5G connection on Mobile TeleSystems' (MTS) 4.9GHz (sub-6GHz) network in Russia. It is suitable for bandwidth-intensive applications such as branch office connectivity, professional video broadcasting, digital signage and industrial IoT.
The module uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system.
MTS has achieved several 5G firsts in Russia, where it is the largest mobile operator with over 80 million subscribers. In 2019, for example, it launched the country's first continuously operable mid-band 5G pilot zones in Moscow and St Petersburg. Both zones also use mm-wave and 4.9GHz spectrum.
The FN980m supports up to 6.5Gbit/s downlinks and 3Gbit/s uplinks with 5G. MTS used the FN980m to complete its first successful 5G data call in sub-6GHz spectrum.
"As a worldwide leader in mobile broadband technology, Telit offers our customers 5G solutions that are reliable, secure and easy to integrate into designs," said Marco Contento, vice president of 5G technologies at Telit. "We're honoured to play a key role in MTS's latest step towards making 5G a commercial reality across Russia."
Launched in October 2019, the FN980m supports all major frequency bands, from sub-6GHz to mm-wave, giving service providers and their customers deployment flexibility.
"MTS is actively experimenting with 5G technology," said Denis Panasenko, head of MTS’s 5G centre. The test with Telit is a key milestone because it used sub-6GHz spectrum, which is ideal for wide area 5G coverage. Those bands will be critical for rapidly rolling out 5G, so it can quickly become the foundation for smart cities, IoT, telemedicine, autonomous vehicles and other advanced applications.”
The FN980m's key features include:

  • M.2 (NGFF) 30 by 50mm, double-sided form factor;
  • 5G sub-6GHz and mm-wave, SA and NSA operations;
  • 4G Cat 20, up to 7CA, 256 QAM DL/UL, 2CA UL;
  • 4x4 MIMO for 4G and 5G sub-6GHz bands; and
  • GNSS GPSOne Gen9 L1 and L5 bands.