TIM to convert San Marino into 'first 5G state in Europe'

Monday 17 July 2017 | 16:14 CET | News

Telecom Italia (TIM) has announced the details of an agreement with the Republic of San Marino to convert the micro-state into the first nation in Europe to have a 5G mobile network. Under the terms of the MoU, the operator will start to update the mobile sites of its San Marino network with 4.5G technology this year, introducing 5G features such as evolved mast towers (MIMO 4x4), carrier aggregation, superior modulation and cloud architecture, as well as installing dozens of small cells in the main streets and piazzas of the Unesco world heritage site. 

TIM will then begin testing 5G technologies and services ahead of a commercial launch of the network throughout the micro-state by the end of 2018. It said the additional frequencies devoted to the new 5G radio interface (New Radio), combined with innovative mast technology (Massive MIMO and Beamforming), will allow the system to reach a speed of around 10 times that of 4G.

In its statement, TIM said the delivery of the new 5G network will also enable the creation of an ecosystem of local partners (including the San Marino government, the university and research centres, hospitals, sports bodies, industry, the national tourism office and local transport) for the testing of innovative services for smart cities, public safety, the environment, healthcare, tourism and culture, transport and media.

In the meantime, the company is continuing with the installation of 100 5G-ready small cells in the northern city of Turin and is also taking part in the government’s pre-commercial trials of 5G networks in Milan and Prato in the north of the country, L'Aquila in the centre, and Bari and Matera in the south. 

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