A press release from Swedish technology giant Ericsson and network operator TeliaSonera says that the partners have set a target of offering 5G services to TeliaSonera’s customers in the Swedish and Estonian capitals of Stockholm and Tallinn in 2018. Ericsson and TeliaSonera will develop and test selected 5G use-cases and services based on TeliaSonera’s network and Ericsson’s 5G technology.
Service scenarios to be explored in the preliminary 5G development phase include both communication and Internet of Things (IoT) services with the purpose to address new business opportunities. Johan Dennelind, CEO of TeliaSonera, said: ‘Stockholm and Tallinn are two of the most connected cities in the world and now we’ll take them to the next level. 5G will create completely new innovations, ecosystems and great services to our customers. 5G will also take connected things (IoT) to a new level.’ Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, added: ‘More and more industries tap into the value of digitalisation and connectivity. 5G will amplify that as it is designed to be the industrial internet. It will not only be built for consumers, but also for digitalisation of industries and the Internet of Things. Together with TeliaSonera we launched the first commercial 4G network in 2009, and we will be in the forefront of 5G as well.’
The press release identifies a few examples of potential 5G applications, which could include e-health with real time surveillance of patients and remote treatment; connected cars including critical communication between vehicles (warnings, support to self-driving cars etc.) as well as better network performance in terms of capacity, coverage and power consumption.