Telia, Ericsson Launch Sweden’s First 5G Test Network at KTH Campus in Stockholm

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Telia, Ericsson Launch Sweden’s First 5G Test Network at KTH Campus in Stockholm Image Credit: Ericsson

Telia Company, Ericsson and KTH Royal Institute of Technology this week 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’s first 5G network is using a test license and will serve as a testbed for developing innovative new solutions and services. It is the latest result of the strategic partnership between Telia Company and Ericsson, and it will further strengthen the two companies’ cooperation with institutions of higher learning. Earlier this year Ericsson revealed a similar 5G plan with Telia Estonia at the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), in Estonia.

The KTH campus is exploring vital 5G areas such as autonomous transportation, Internet of Things (IoT), smart buildings and city infrastructure, industry automation and remote VR, making it a natural choice to host this project.

Ericsson and Telia Company have a long history of joint innovation and are at the forefront of 5G innovation in Europe. Already in 2017, the partners announced the first 5G use cases in Europe including a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship and a construction excavator remotely controlled with a live 5G network. Ericsson has worked on several advanced field trials in Sweden and Estonia including explorations into how 5G and other technologies, such as Augmented Reality (AR), can create new possibilities for industries and society.

Johan Dennelind, President and CEO, Telia Company
The network will serve as a dynamic testbed where partner companies and start-ups, researchers and students, can continue to develop solutions for the connected society. This means that Sweden will be at the forefront when 5G is launched commercially in 2020.

Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson
This project serves as an important step toward launching early commercial 5G services. Building a 5G network in one of Sweden’s most creative environments, the KTH campus, demonstrates Ericsson’s and Telia Company’s joint commitment to drive innovation.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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