TIM, Fastweb and Huawei launch 5G pilot project in Bari and Matera

Wednesday 8 November 2017 | 15:26 CET | News

Italy's Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) has announced the launch of pre-commercial trials of 5G networks in the southern cities of Bari and Matera. Telecom Italia (TIM), Fastweb and Huawei were awarded the project to conduct trials on the 3.6-3.8 GHz band over the next four years and have committed to investing some EUR 60 million. The three companies submitted a joint plan as lead partners in coordination with 52 international, national and local bodies, with areas of intervention ranging from smart city, public safety, environmental monitoring, industry 4.0 and 5G healthcare scenarios to media education and virtual reality, automotive, mobility and road safety, logistics, culture, tourism and smart agriculture.

The companies involved will be able to test the full potential of 5G during the trials, said Italy’s undersecretary for economic development in charge of telecommunications Antonello Giacomelli at the presentation of the project. “Bari and Matera share a vocation for enhancing the artistic and cultural landscape. I am sure that the collaboration and synergy between the two councils and the two trials will produce significant results,” he said. The event in Bari's Palazzo di Citta was also attended by TIM deputy chairman Giuseppe Recchi, Fastweb CEO Alberto Calcagno and Huawei Italia CEO Edward Chan.

The other two 5G trial projects – the first conducted Vodafone Italia and Huawei in Milan and the second by Open Fiber and Wind Tre in Prato and L’Aquila – were launched last month.

The Italian government is expecting to raise at least EUR 2.5 billion over the next five years from the so-called 5G tenders for spectrum in the 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26.5-27.5 GHz bands, according to recent reports.

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