Intel rolls out first 5G public test in Europe | IT PRO

Intel has rolled out the first European test of a public 5G network to demonstrate industry use cases, the first of which will be high speed connections on-board a passenger cruise ship.

The work builds on existing efforts by Swedish telecoms giants Ericsson and Telia, who embarked on their own 5G roadmap in 2016 to bring the new technology to Tallinn and Stockholm, considered two of the most digitised cities in the world.

The Tallink Silja Europa cruise liner offers 5G super-fast Wifi to passengers while docked

The rollout will see the three companies work together to demonstrate the potential of 5G in a real-world setting for the first time, allowing industries to test the technology's interoperability between systems, cloud networks and end-user devices.

As an initial experiment earlier this month, a 5G network was implemented at the port of Tallinn in Estonia, where 2,000 passengers were able to access high speed connections on board a docked cruise liner.

Commenting on the launch, Asha Keddy, VP of the Next Generation and Standards group at Intel, said: "Our work together trialing early usages of 5G technologies and the experiences it will bring to different industries, demonstrates the importance of collaboration and the need for seamless flow of data across the network, cloud and devices to make 5G a reality.

"Intel's 5G platforms are critical enablers for today's active, real-world 5G trials with service providers around the globe, providing crucial insights and helping to define the future of 5G."

The EU Digital Summit, a discussion on digital innovation taking place in Estonia this week, will also host a live test of a 5G network being used to remotely control industrial machinery using augmented reality. The hope is that super-fast, low-latency connections will be able take human operators out of hazardous environments, in this case excavation work.