Huawei announced its tie-up with Russian telecoms MegaFon to build trial 5G networks during the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The 5G trials will be the first in Russia. Huawei will be introducing the latest mobile technologies such as SCMA, full duplex, and cloud base station to the 5G network.

Mikhail Dubin, executive director of Consumer Business at MegaFon, said: “MegaFon’s strategic priority is technological leadership, so we will keep developing and rolling out new technologies to provide the best quality for our customers.

Huawei is ahead of competition in 5G preparation. In the past years, Huawei has demonstrated its future base station with 115 Gbps of capacity.

Huawei and 5GIC recently announced the world’s first 5G testbed.

With the help of MegaFon, we are confident of turning science-fiction-like service into 5G reality for citizens in Russia and soccer fans around the world, two years ahead of the industry’s estimated 5G introduction date of 2020.” said Ryan Ding, president of Huawei Products and Solutions.