Telenor Norway starts long-term 5G industrial application trial in Kongsberg

2017-11-13 13:46:08 | Source:Telecompaper

Telenor Norway says it will is to run a 5G trial in Kongsberg in Buskerud county, where it will pilot driverless buses, drones, emergency communications and electronic medicine applications, reports Telecompaper on November 10, 2017. The operator signed a declaration of intent at Kongsberg Technology Summit on 09 November with Kongsberg borough council, Applied Autonomy and Kongsberg Innovasjon.
Other partners will be invited to join the cooperation later, said Telenor. It said 5G employs network slicing whereby, several logical grids catering for different user groups requirements for broadband on the same physical grid.
Ove Fredheim, head of Telenor’s business division, said one of the first initiatives will be a dedicated 5G network from Kongsberg railway station to its industrial estate. It is starting to plan the placement of base stations at the estate and aims to launch its 5G grid commercially in 2020.
Svein-Olav Toro, managing director of Kongsberg Innovasjon, said being able to trial 5G alongside other technologies will be decisive for the success of its projects.
Olav Madland, the CEO of Applied Autonomy, said early access to 5G gives industrial businesses unique opportunities on a world stage. He described autonomous vehicles as large mobile phones on wheels and which require a more secure, effective and powerful mobile network.
The partners are planning to identify relevant pilot projects and use cases in the second half of 2017, plan the agreed pilot schemes in the first half of 2018, start executing them in the second half of 2018, and summarise lessons learned from the trials in the second half of 2019.

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