Telia, TalTech, Ericsson launch pilot 5G network in Tallinn, Estonia

Nordic network operator Telia, in cooperation with Ericsson and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech),  has launched a pilot 5G network in Tallinn.   Estonia’s first 5G pilot network is located throught the TalTech university campus. Companies and startups have been invited to use the 5G network to develop future services and new business models.

The network will provide mobile data for the whole TalTech campus, which enables the development of innovative new services and solutions, Telia said.

Kirke Saar, CTO at Telia Estonia, says this marks the launch of the fifth-generation mobile technology in Estonia.

“We hope to see new and exciting future services and business models built upon 5G. Thus, different stakeholders are welcome to test the possibilities of the new technology at the TalTech University. It is the perfect place for this, combining technical knowledge, smart people and cooperation experiences with very different partners. Additionally, 5G technology supports our newly opened NB-IoT network which now has its first commercial user,“ Kirke Saar said.

The Rector of TalTech –Jaak Aaviksoo sees 5G a brave step into the unknown.
“It´ll open limitless opportunities for communication in a virtual world. TalTech, Telia and Ericsson take this step together because we believe in the creativity of both scientists and students in using this platform and generating new ideas. 5G means a thousand steps into the future for the whole Estonia.”

Andrus Durejko, Head of Ericsson Estonia, said:
“The launch of a 5G network in Estonia using commercial and standardized radio and core products serves as an important step toward launching early commercial 5G services in the country. Building a 5G network in one of Estonia’s most creative environments, TalTech campus, demonstrates Ericsson’s and Telia Company’s joint commitment to drive innovation and the continued digitalization of Estonia.”

4K live-stream milestone
Today at the network inauguation, the newly opened 5G network performed its first official task: 5G base stations installed on the university campus transmitted 4K live stream from the Tallinn Old Town Christmas market, recently voted the best in Europe.

“As far as we know, up until now, 4K has never been transmitted live in Estonia or its neighboring countries, and our 5G network did an excellent job on transmitting the stream,“ Kirke Saar said.

Telia’s CTO also said that Telia is planning and working on opening 5G for residential customers next year.

TalTech has built a self-driving car named Iseauto, which will become one of the first cooperation projects within the 5G pilot’s scope. The next milestone will come in 2019, when the project partners will showcase Iseauto driving around and communicating with the surrounding infrastructure with the help of 5G.

Editor’s Note:

Earlier this month, Telia Company, Ericsson and KTH Royal Institute of Technology launched a 5G network on the KTH campus in Stockholm that will serve as an innovation and research platform for the academia and partner companies.

Sweden 5G network

  • Ericsson, Telia Company and KTH Royal Institute of Technology launched a 5G network on the KTH campus in Stockholm
  • First 5G network on air in Sweden based on standardized and commercial radio and core products
  • Testbed for innovation and research open for industry partners and academia
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  1. Danish operator TDC has chosen Ericsson to help it build and maintain its 5G network. The deal involves Ericsson’s 5G platform, supported by its Operations Engine, as support system that’s heavy on the AI and automation. The resulting network is heavy on the buzzwords, with lofty talk of industry 4.0 and Digital Denmark. They’re not planning to waste any time, with pilot testing due to take place later this year and full nationwide commercial rollout by the end of 2020.

    Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, TDC Group, says: “I am truly excited that TDC will now start to build the infrastructure of the future in partnership with Ericsson, and enable a Digital Denmark with the best nationwide wireless network,” said Allison Kirkby, CEO of TDC. “5G will bring a step change in capacity, internet speed and intelligent connectivity – in other words – 5G will empower a new era for the digital economy and will allow Denmark to build on its position as a global digital frontrunner.”

    “TDC becomes the latest service provider in Europe that we will switch on 5G for,” said Ericsson boss Börje Ekholm. “We are delighted to partner with TDC not just in 5G radio and core, but in related R&D and innovation, and the absolute latest in managed services through Ericsson Operations Engine. We will work with TDC to digitalize the Danish economy to ensure Danish consumers, enterprises and society benefit from the new experiences, services, and capabilities enabled by 5G.”

    Ericsson has restructured its managed services business to focus on supporting networking kit business and this seems to be a classic example of the kind of thing it has in mind. The managed service contract with TDC will last five years and is so intimate that 100 TDC networking experts will be transferred to Ericsson.

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