Telia, Ericsson and Intel bring 5G use cases to Europe

Natalie Bannerman
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Telia launches Europe's first 5G live network use cases in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel

Telia in partnership with Ericsson and Intel, is deploying Europe’s first 5G live network use cases.

Use cases include a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship which will deliver internet connectivity to the ship and its thousands of passengers while in port and an industrial use case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network.

Speaking on the project Gabriela Styf Sjöman, global head of networks at Telia, 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 whole ecosystem 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 digitalization and we want to be there pushing it together with our partners.”

Real world 5G use cases are vital for the industry as it shows how the various technologies will integrate into various businesses. Tallink, the Estonian shipping company and subject of the commercial passenger cruise ship use case, had the 5G real life environment created at the Port of Tallinn to test how the new mobile technology can provide higher data connection speeds and improved quality. The results of the tests that took place in September 2017, showed that the technology was able to provide Wi-Fi usage for 2,000 passengers and the ship’s own information and communications technology systems.

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.”

In the case of the industrial excavator, it is operated via an augmented reality remote control over an ultrafast live 5G link with very low latency. It showed how machine operators could remotely handle excavators and other machinery in hazardous environments from the safety of an office environment. 

The solution technologies facilitating these use cases in Estonia come 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 millimetre wave and extends the Telia mobile network to 5G.

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager, Next Generation and Standards Group at Intel Corporation, said: “Our work together trailing 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.”

The news comes a year after Telia and Ericsson announced a joint venture to that aims to let Telia customers experience 5G services in 2018 in Tallinn and Stockholm. At the time the conducted trials in Kista, Sweden, over a live 5G network using 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band, reaching speeds of 15Gbps.

Overall these use cases highlight the value 5G will bring to the sectors of industry and transport, moving us a step closer to its standardisation but more importantly as Kirke Saar, chief technology officer at Telia said: “5G will change the way we think.”