Ericsson announced last week two new projects that will bring 5G services to life in both Tallinn and Stockholm in 2018, two of the most digitized cities in the world. The projects are:
- a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to the ship and its passengers while in port of Tallinn
- an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network in Stockholm
The move is an important milestone in the global 5G roadmap, according to Gabriela Styf Sjöman, Global Head of Networks, Telia Company: “We want to be early with 5G and will bring it to life in Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki in 2018. We work together with our partners in the whole eco-system to explore the powerful effect it is going to have for our customers and in society.”
The importance of 5G is explained by Gabriela Styf Sjöman: “(5G) It’s not only about building a new network but it’s also about building a new way of thinking and perceiving what a mobile network can be and can do. High speed, low latency, guaranteed capacity and truly mobile is going to push the boundaries of digitalization and we want to be there pushing it together with our partners.”
Deploying early 5G solutions in real-world settings is vital for the industry to learn how the various technologies integrate into different types of businesses, in what type of environments it performs best and the interoperability between systems across the network, cloud and devices.
5G Services for Transport
The “real life” 5G environment for Talinn 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 2017, 5G technology was deployed for the whole ship while it was in harbor. The technology enabled Wi-Fi usage for 2,000 passengers and the ship’s own information and communications technology systems. This is a first example of many uses that 5G will provide access to in transport situations, as well as very broad gigabit wireless services delivered to consumers.
5G Industrial Services
The second project is about remotely control machinery – in this case an industrial excavator – via an augmented reality remote control operated over an ultrafast live 5G link with very low latency.
This project shows how a machine operator can work with 5G remote controlled excavators in hazardous environments, from the comfort and safety of an office environment. This highlights the capabilities and opportunities 5G will bring to harsh or dangerous industrial settings.
How the 5G Services Solutions Work
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.
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