TIM puts its foot down on 5G and starts the first field tests in Turin with applications supporting the industry 4.0.
From the flight of a drone connected to the mobile network that sends video flow in real time, to a cloud computing server, to 'virtual reality' and immersive technologies to take visitors to the historical centres of cities through a 3D reconstruction, or gaming on the internet, against an adversary thousands of kilometres away, to the robotic cloud applications for Industry 4.0 that can optimise production processes monitored in real time and controlled in the cloud - these were the scenarios presented in Turin, on a recent '5G Day'.
The 'Torino 5G' project enables TIM to carry out the first trial of 5G technology in a metropolitan environment by the end of 2018. Turin will in fact be the first city in Italy, and one of the first in Europe, to acquire a new 5G mobile network, confirming its position as the capital of innovation.
TIM plans to install, as early as 2017, more than 100 small cells in the main areas of the city (Via Roma, Via Po, Via Garibaldi, Via Lagrange and Piazza Vittorio, in the Quadrilatero Romano, and in the areas where the Polytechnic University and University of Turin are located).
On '5G Day' TIM, working with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson, TIM achieved speeds of up to 700 Mbps in download and up to 75 Mbps in upload, on the live mobile network. A new milestone following the European record the company achieved for the commercial launch of 4.5G technology with speeds of up to 500 Mbps. The service with speeds of up to 700 Mbps will be made available to TIM customers in the coming months, with the arrival of smartphones that supports the technology.