Together with Nokia, Sonera, the Finnish subsidiary of Telia Company announced that it will introduce commercial 5G services in Finnish capital, Helsinki in 2018. The partnership was announced at the ongoing Slush – Europe’s biggest startup event in Helsinki.
With superfast speeds, significantly lower latency and capability to support a vast amount of IoT devices, 5G will enable new customer behaviors, services and IoT applications, for example in the areas of virtual reality, connected cars and eHealth, said Sonera in a statement.
In January 2016, Telia Company entered into a similar partnership with Ericsson to let customers in Stockholm and Tallinn experience 5G services in 2018. The partners recently performed the first European field tests of 5G technology in Stockholm.
More recently, Sonera also partnered with Nokia to conduct trial using NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology on its commercial 4G network.
During the trial, Nokia deployed NB-IoT technology to communicate information on temperature, humidity and air pressure over Sonera's 4G network in the Helsinki. The companies also connected a roaming device over the NB-IoT network.