Telia, Ericsson, Intel set up first 5G live network use cases in Europe

Friday 29 September 2017 | 09:26 CET | News
Mobile operator Telia has deployed what it says is the first public 5G live network use case in Europe, together with Ericsson and Intel. The operator rolled out a 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship that can deliver internet connectivity to the ship and its passengers while in port. Another use case features a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network.

The “real life” 5G environment for Tallink was created at the Port of Tallinn to test and explore how the new mobile technology can provide higher data connection speeds and improved quality. During the test in September, 5G technology was deployed for the whole ship while it was in harbour. The technology enabled Wi-Fi usage for 2,000 passengers and the ship’s own information and communications technology systems. 

The second case shows how a machine operator can work with 5G remote controlled excavators in hazardous environments, from a safe office environment. This highlights the capabilities and opportunities 5G will bring to harsh or dangerous industrial settings.

The solution stack underpinning the cases in Estonia consists of technologies from Ericsson and Intel. An Ericsson 5G base station consisting of 5G antenna, radio and baseband, in conjunction with the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform – provides millimeter wave and extends the Telia mobile network to 5G.

The companies are aiming to bring 5G services to life in both Tallinn and Stockholm in 2018. Telia has also pledged to bring the services with Sonera to Helsinki, also in 2018.

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