Vodafone Italia has presented a total of 12 new projects using Edge Cloud Computing architecture on a trial 5G network during its ‘5G Experience Day’ event in the city of Milan. The live demos covered areas including health and wellness, security and surveillance, manufacturing and industry, education and entertainment, and were conducted with 38 industrial and institutional partners including Huawei, Nokia, Qualcomm, Altran and IBM, as well as Milan’s Politecnico university. "We committed to making Milan the capital of 5G and we are succeeding,” said Vodafone Italia CEO Aldo Bisio at the event, according to Italian daily La Repubblica.
The company has already activated more than 50 sites in strategic locations throughout Milan and set up a control with the city and regional government to oversee trials including a connected ambulance, interactive robots for patient rehabilitation, video surveillance for railway stations and public security drones.
Vodafone launched its EUR 90 million Milan 5G trial at the end of last year and has since announced two calls for startups and SMEs developing projects based on the 5G standard in Italy. The company also invested some EUR 2.41 billion to acquire valuable 5G spectrum in the recent auction held by Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development.