Telecom Operators

Swedish university hosts 5G launch

The first 5G network was jointly switched on by Telia and Ericsson at KTH the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm this week, ahead of plans to launch fifth generation wireless across Sweden in 2020.

The Nordic telco heavyweights have partnered together to test 5G applications at the university campus, creating a new innovation hub for the country. Heralded as “an amazing opportunity,” by Professor Jan Gulliksen, the engineering university will have Sweden’s first access to 5G.

“It gives our researchers, teachers and students a head-start when it comes to understanding and developing this new technology ahead of its wider launch. This is exactly the kind of partnership we believe helps stimulate research-driven innovation.”

The KTH campus explores vital 5G areas such as autonomous transportation, Internet of Things (IoT), smart buildings and city infrastructure, industry automation and remote VR. The 5G network will serve as a test-bed for partner companies and start-ups, researchers and students, and will be the first 5G network in Sweden using commercial and standardized radio, and core products.

“Two years ago, we promised to bring 5G to Helsinki, Tallinn and Stockholm during 2018,” concluded Johan Dennelind, CEO of Telia. “So, I’m especially proud to launch the first 5G network in Sweden at KTH today.

“This is going to be a truly dynamic test environment where not only large businesses and entrepreneurs from our partnership program but also researchers and students can continue to develop solutions for the connected society so that Sweden can remain at the forefront when 5G is launched commercially in 2020.”