5G Mobile Networks are here! Stockholm World’s First City to Experience It
In fact, Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden may soon become world’s first city to get the ultra high speed 5G mobile network by 2018.
Reports are emerging that Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera, and Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson will jointly roll out 5G network at Stockholm and Tallinn, which is in Estonia. Both TeliaSonera and Ericsson have announced this future launch, which has triggered an interesting debate within the tech fraternity.
In a statement, 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 the Internet of Things (IoT) to a new level.”
Meanwhile, Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, said, “Together with TeliaSonera we launched the first commercial 4G network in 2009, and we will be in the forefront of 5G as well.”
It is being expected that the new 5G network will be dedicated for expanding Internet of Things (IoT) projects, which has already been hailed as the next big thing. Although Indian Govt. has already released their first policy document pertaining to Internet of Things expansion, speed and accessibility of high end electronic gadgets limit it’s scope under current circumstances.
Hopefully 5G would be able to solve a part of this problem.
As per technical experts, rollout of 5G in Europe can unleash a new wave of innovation and high end technology which has only been imagined so far. For instance, 5G speed can easily support self-driving, battery operated cars, besides artificial intelligence enabled robots who can work deep under mines and forests.
As per insider reports, TeliaSonera has admitted that practical expansion of full fledged 5G mobile network can only be rolled out after 2020; however, 2018 would be the year when 5G is introduced and debuted for the first time. Based on the usage witnessed at Stockholm and Tallinn, researchers would be able to gauge and test the services before global launch.
Various technical analysts have predicted that 5G would completely wipe out wire based (optic fiber) broadband connectivity, which will reduce latency and make mission-critical operations more feasible using Internet.
Ericsson and TeliaSonera have stated that the new model of 5G would help rural areas and remote, interior locations to get faster, easier and cheaper Internet.
Are we peaking into the future where there are no WiFi zones, no cables but still we are connected 24 * 7? What all can 5G actually change?
We will keep you updated as more details come in.