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Finland's Elisa Brings First 5G-ready Network to Tampere

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Finland's Elisa Brings First 5G-ready Network to Tampere Image Credit: Elisa

Finnish Operator Elisa announced that it will begin building a 5G-ready network covering the entire city of Tampere and its near-lying areas.

Elisa was the first operator in Finland to test the new technology, already a year ago. Elisa is modernising its mobile network in the Tampere region through the implementation of 5G readiness.

The devices in the current base stations will be replaced with the latest technology. The network’s construction will start up in September and be completed by February next year.

Last year, Elisa was the first Finnish operator to test technology linked to the adoption of the 5G network of the future. Tampere is the first city in Finland where the cutting-edge network will be carried out on this scale.

From the very start, the modernisation of the mobile network will bring immediate benefits to the region’s residents: the modernised network will provide its users with faster and more reliable network connections that will make digital services smoother to use, such as content sharing, video streaming and video conferencing, said Elisa.

Modernised network will serve as a platform for smart services which Elisa is developing as a participant of Smart Tampere vitality program. A further boost to the development of the Tampere region’s digital services results from a cooperation agreement concluded by Elisa and Huawei in summer. 

Sami Komulainen, VP Mobile Network Services
Over the next six months, we will build a network with the most up-to-date technology in the Tampere area, paving the way for 5G readiness. Readiness means that it will be easy to add the features required by 5G services such as several-fold higher data speeds, shorter latency and functionalities required by the Internet of Things.

Tero Blomqvist, Program Director, Smart Tampere 
In future, the project will bring Tampere residents improved digital services, for example, care services produced at home, services linked to guidance and traffic, and services linked to the real-time adjustment of energy production.

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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