Telia carries out real world 5G trials with Ericsson and Intel

29 September 2017 | James Pearce


Telia Company is deploying what it claims is the first public 5G network use cases in Europe as part of a project with Ericsson and Intel.

The project demonstrates several use cases, including the deployment of a high speed 5G network to a commercial passenger cruise ship in port, and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network.

The “real life” 5G environment for Tallink was created at the port of Tallinn, Estonia, to test and explore how the new mobile technology can provide higher data connection speeds and improved quality, Telia said. Carried out in September, the test saw 5G technology enabled Wi-Fi usage for 2,000 passengers as well as the ship’s own information and communications technology systems.

In the second test, to be carried out at the EU Digital Summit in Tallinn, antendees will have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to 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.

Gabriela Styf Sjöman, SVP and global head of networks, Telia Company said: “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 entire eco-system to explore the powerful effect it is going to have for our customers and in society. 

“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 digitalisation and we want to be there pushing it together with our partners.

The tests were powered by a combination of technologies provided by Ericsson and Intel. The former provided a base station consisting of 5G technology, which was used in conjunction with Intel’s Mobile Trial Platform.

Arun Bansal, head of Europe and Latin America at Ericsson, said: “Our own report about the 5G business potential identifies a huge opportunity for telecom operators globally who address industry digitalization with 5G. 

“We foresee that they can benefit from a market opportunity of USD 582 billion by 2026 and this represents a potential to add 34 percent growth in revenues. Capturing this market potential requires investment in 5G technology as well as business development, and go-to-market models.”

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager, next generation and standards group at Intel Corporation, said: “Our work together trialing early usages of 5G technologies and the experiences it will bring to different industries, demonstrates the importance of collaboration and the need for seamless flow of data across the network, cloud and devices to make 5G a reality. 

“Intel’s 5G platforms are critical enablers for today’s active, real-world 5G trials with service providers around the globe, providing crucial insights and helping to define the future of 5G.”