Telia is the first operator to open a 5G network in Oulu. With the network, the Oritkari-Nuottasaari area will become one of the world's first industrial 5G environments.
Thanks to the 5G network, industrial companies and logistics operators in the area can develop new digital operating models and innovations with the help of the latest technology.
"We estimate that the first applications of 5G can be found in an industry where automation, remote process management and versatile real-time data usage benefit from the minimal delay and top speed of 5G. Oulu's strong ecosystem and the operators' open-mindedness in the introduction of new technologies accelerated our decision to continue the deployment of 5G in Oulu," says Janne Koistinen, 5G Programme Director, Telia Finland.
In addition to industrial processes, 5G is expected to bring significant opportunities for logistics through real-time monitoring and autonomous or remote-controlled vehicles.
"Oulu is one of the key locations for research and development of Nokia 5G technology and mobile network products globally. The strong start-up culture of the Oulu region and close cooperation between the city, the university and the businesses in the region have enabled a unique ecosystem to be created in Oulu. Among other things, the ecosystem has built an open 5G test network, where companies in the area collaborate to generate new products and services," says Rauno Jokelainen, VP, Smart Radio Development Unit, Mobile Networks at Nokia.
Oulu has extensive plans to develop its industry and business activities, along the lines of the city's strong technological tradition.
"The City of Oulu has pioneered the development and innovative use of various urban networks in cooperation with Nokia and different operators. Cooperation in 5G networks continues this culture and once again offers a platform for the development of new services and business models," says Janne Mustonen from BusinessOulu.
Telia opened a pre-commercial 5G network in Helsinki in early September. The network operates on test frequencies issued by the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. Actual commercial activity in the 5G network can be started at the beginning of 2019, when the licences for new frequencies issued by the Government will enter into force. Telia won the 5G frequencies in the 3.5 GHz frequency range in a frequency auction, which ended on 1 October.
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