Telefonica has announced the official launch of a series of 5G technology trials in Galicia in partnership with Spain’s ICT development agency Red.es. A total of EUR 11 million will be invested to conduct 8 use cases with the involvement of local residents and businesses, said the partners at an event in Vigo. The projects are due to last around 24 months and a Temporary Business Union composed of Telefonica, Ericsson, Nokia, Cinfo, Idronia, Telnet Redes Inteligentes and the International Centre of Advanced Ophthalmology Fernandez-Vigo has been set up for the purpose.
The company previously revealed that the 8 use cases include an assisted driving trial to improve vehicle safety in the Cereixal tunnel (Lugo), supervision of railway infrastructure in Lugo using drones, digitalisation of the Navantia shipyard, production of sporting events with TV5G at Deportivo La Coruna’s Riazor stadium and real-time remote ophthalmological examination and diagnosis (Ocuexplorer 5G).
Telefonica will also be testing the viability of using 5G fixed wireless access technology as an alternative to fibre to bring its Movistar Fusion Radio service to remote parts of Vigo.