Telia, Ericsson and Volvo Launch 5G Network for Industrial Use in Sweden

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Telia, Ericsson and Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have launched Sweden’s first 5G network for industrial use at Volvo CE’s facility in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Volvo CE is among the first in the world to use 5G technology to test remote-controlled machines and autonomous solutions.

The 5G network will be used at Volvo CE’s research and development facility in Eskilstuna to further develop solutions for remote control of construction machinery and fully-automated solutions. It will also be used to increase understanding of how connected machines can create added value for the customer.

Even with fully-automated systems, human intervention is still needed now and again for control. Todays’ remote-control technology has a time lag that makes it difficult to control at high speed or with high precision. 5G will make remote control simpler and safer, says Ericsson.

Volvo CE, Telia and Ericsson have worked together before to deploy the latest technology to contribute to safer and more efficient mining and in the summer of 2018, Volvo CE joined Telia's 5G partner program. Volvo CE expects to be able to apply the lessons learned from tests at Eskilstuna to its global activities.

Anders Olsson, CEO, Telia Sweden
Automation of the entire flow will mean new ways of working and greater gains from efficiency. But to connect business-critical machines and vehicles requires a solution that can handle the massive amounts of data with guaranteed connection.

Magnus Frodigh, Head of Research, Ericsson
With extremely short response times, high capacity, and a high level of accessibility to the mobile network, commercial and standardized 5G technology can be used for applications such as remote control of heavy machinery in real time.

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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