Italian telcos push 5G development

26 Feb 2018

Vodafone Italy and Nokia have launched trials of 5G mobile services in Milan, covering applications in areas such as healthcare, emergency services, traffic management and tourism. The vendor has begun 5G network deployment and field tests ahead of the rollout of a full trial 5G system across Milan. Nokia says it has conducted the first successful test of the technology under real radio conditions on a live 5G site at the city’s Cadorna railway station.

Separately, Telecom Italia (TIM) is working with Huawei to launch a 5G-ready small cell network in Italy, as well as launching a new project designed to advance network slicing. The agreement has been signed between Huawei and TIM’s tower company, INWIT. Oscar Cicchetti, CEO of INWIT, said: ‘Indoor digitalisation serves as the optimal choice for evolution to 5G. This MoU will create more opportunities for us to jointly promote small cell solutions and applications in the indoor coverage domain.’

Meanwhile, Swisscom-owned Italian ISP Fastweb says it has kicked off its own trials of 5G technology with Ericsson in Rome. The pair say that the project will initially focus on developing technologies to improve security tools, urban mobility and services dedicated to tourism.