Samsung and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore next-generation technologies.
On Monday, the companies announced the MoU, which will focus on technologies "essential" to advanced communications.
Samsung and MTS' research and development will include advanced Carrier Aggregation, Multiple-Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technologies, LTE Broadcast (eMBMS), Multi-path TCP (MPTCP) as well as IoT technologies such as narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-Machine, the use of machine-to-machine (M2M) inventions to improve LTE communication.
The companies hope their research will boost communication speed for 4G as well as contribute towards field tests and the development of 5G networking.
The latest deal builds on a long-term partnership between the two companies. Samsung and MTS have worked together since 2013 to form LTE networks in cities across Russia, including St. Petersburg and the Leningrad regions, Pskov and Komi. While these operations will continue, the two firms will now extend their focus to include 5G.
MTS Vice President of technology Mr. Andrei Ushatskiy commented:
"MTS is consecutively working on the preparation of its network in Russian regions for 5G technology deployment, and signing a memorandum with Samsung is another important step on that way.
Commercial deployment of new technologies, including an area of IoT, will make it possible for us to occupy new market niches in both corporate and mass market domains."
In related news, Samsung has delayed the date for resuming sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea to October 1. The tech giant sold roughly 400,000 units before recalling the flagship device due to reports of the smartphones catching fire.