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Telia, Ericsson open 5G pilot network at TalTech

BC, Tallinn, 21.12.2018.Print version
Telia and Ericsson have opened a 5G pilot network at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) that can be used by businesses and research institutions alike, reported LETA/BNS.

With the help of the network, researchers and students at TalTech, as well as businesses and startups will be able to create and test solutions requiring ultrafast and quality data communications. At the same time, the network is a standing one using 5G network components that are consistent with standards and meant for commercial use, the university said.

Kirke Saar, technology director at Telia Eesti, said that the opening of the 5G network marks the real arrival of the fifth generation of mobile communications in Estonia.

"We hope to see new and exciting future services and business models born on the back of 5G technology," Saar said, adding that namely for this reason different parties were awaited to test the opportunities offered by new technology.

Saar said that TalTech, which brings together technical know-how, smart people and experience of working together with very different partners, is an ideal place for this. In addition, Telia Eesti sees in 5G technology strong support for their recently opened  Internet of Things, or NB-IoT network, which became the first commercial user of the network. 

"TalTech, Telia and Ericsson are making this step because they believe in the creativity of researchers and students in using this platform and generating new ideas," the rector of TalTech, Jaak Aaviksoo, said.

The manager of Ericsson EestiAndrus Durejko, described the launch of the 5G network meeting standards and entailing components meat for commercial use as an important step towards the arrival of the first 5G services on the market in Estonia. 

"Opening of the 5G network in one of the most creative environments of Estonia, the campus of TalTech, is a good example of the wish of today's partners to drive innovation and continue the digitization of Estonian society," Durejko said.

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