23 Sep 2019

SPbU and MegaFon Launched the First 5G Laboratory

On September 21, Saint Petersburg University and MegaFon opened the first 5G laboratory in Russia, where students of technical background along with students specialized in  management will study the work of fifth-generation networks and develop new services.




At the opening of the new <5G_Dream_Lab>: Frederic Vanoscuyze, Technical Innovation and Infrastructure Director of MegaFon, Valentina Vatrak, Corporate Development and Human Resources Director, Olga Dergunova, Deputy President and Chairman of the Management Board, VTB Bank (PJSC), and Director of GSOM SPbU and Marina Lavrikova, the First Vice-Rector for Academic and Methodological Work, St. Petersburg University.

The digital laboratory <5G_Dream_Lab> has been launched on the GSOM SPbU Mikhailovskaya Dacha  campus. It is equipped with a 5G test zone and will become the site for the development of new services based on fifth-generation network technology. The agreement concerning this  cooperation between MegaFon and St. Petersburg University was signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum  earlier this year.





The program of the 5G laboratory training course provides for two areas: the development of digital solutions and the management of their integration. Developers will study the features of the fifth generation of communications, learn how to work with current frameworks, development tools, and gain knowledge and skills in the areas of user interface (UI), automated quality control of software solutions. Managers will gain the skills to market high-tech products and manage the development process. 

“5G networks are just starting to be introduced in different countries of the world, but now it’s clear how huge the new technology is. In our digital laboratory, students and recent alumni of St. Petersburg University will find solution for implementation of 5G applications that may not even be known in commercial companies. The platform will become a unique environment for the self-realization of talented young developers, testers, project managers, which will allow them to professionally develop and develop the world of digital technologies”, commented Valentina Vatrak, Corporate Development and Human Resources Director of MegaFon. 

Frederic VanoschuyzeDirector of Technical Innovation and Infrastructure, MegaFon, demonstrates the operation of the device on a 5G network in the laboratory. 

“One of the main goals of the University is to form among the students and alumni the competencies that are necessary for successful career, both in the scientific and professional environment,”- said Marina Lavrikova, First Vice-Rector for Academic and Methodological Work at St. Petersburg University. - That is why we are constantly looking for new, more effective educational tools. We are pleased that SPbU students are among the first to learn how to work with 5G technologies, which will certainly increase their demand on the labor market”. 

The laboratory training course 2019/20 will consist of three phases with a total duration of eight months. The first stage will be held from September 23 to October 26. It includes an open online educational module for SPbU students and recent alumni (those who graduated no more than three years ago). Students of the online module who successfully completed the first stage and completed the test tasks will go to the next and become full-fledged participants in the laboratory.

The opening of the laboratory was held at GSOM SPbU business forum GSOM Family Day. The program of the day included guide tours to the 5G laboratory and a lecture by Frederic Vanoscuyze, Director of Technical Innovations and Infrastructure of MegaFon, on the topic "<5G_Dream_Lab>: 5G Technology Features for Developers". Learn more about GSOM Family Day >>