The road to 5G leads to Rome

With a history spanning 28 centuries, the Eternal City is setting out it’s future for the next generation following a partnership agreement signed with Ericsson for the city’s ‘Roma5G’ project.

5G will be a key enabler of the future digital world, enabling people, industries and things to connect on an unprecedented scale, and this ability to connect will bring with it a whole new galaxy of devices and services to the Italian capital.

IMG_0528For Rome, one of the most iconic locations in the world and home to around 3 million people with more than 40 million visitors each year, the partnership with Ericsson is a step towards becoming one of the first cities in Europe to launch a fifth generation network. Industries and infrastructure services will be transformed by new capabilities brought on by 5G. For example, energy and water utilities will be capable of connecting to millions of networked devices, taking real-time, intelligent and autonomous decision.

At Ericsson we have been at the forefront of the 5G innovation, working with partners on the technology for several years in the labs, and now taking these technologies into advanced outdoor field trials. In December last year, we achieved speeds of more than 20Gbps in a live 5G demonstration held at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

The promise of 5G has the potential to completely change the way we interact with wireless devices, from smartphones to cars. In our latest insight, it’s consumers who have outlined their wish list, and predict the majority of 5G-enriched services will go mainstream within three to four years of 5G launching.

The Roman Empire was one of the most technologically advanced civilizations, and this latest partnership continues that tradition. Now we are entering the age of advanced machine intelligence, blended virtual and physical realities, and complete network connectivity that will offer endless potential opportunities for human growth and progress.

For every Turin and Rome in the world, there are many more, and we’re working already on major roll-outs and commercial launches from 2019, 2020 and beyond.

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