KT was among the first telcos in the world to launch 5G services, when it rolled out its networks in South Korea last month

Russia’s biggest telco, MTS, has joined forces with Korea Telecom (KT) to fast track the rollout of 5G services in Russia, according to reports in the press.

The Korean Herald reported that KT’s chief executive, Hwang Chang-gyu met with MTS’ CEO, Alexey Kornya, at KT’s head offices in the South Korean capital of Seoul.

“KT has played a leading role in helping South Korea launch the world’s first commercial 5G services,” said KT Chairman Hwang. “We are seeking to enhance partnerships with global partners such as MTS Group.”

MTS is expected to begin launching a number of 5G pilot schemes across Russia during 2019, with wider commercial rollout expected to begin in 2020.

Once 5G rollout begins in earnest, network densification is expected to continue at pace, with the GSMA predicting that Russia will achieve 80 per cent population coverage for 5G services by 2025.

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