TIM to install 100 5G-ready small cells in Turin this year

2017-03-14 10:31:30 | Source:Telecompaper

Telecom Italia (TIM) has signed an agreement with Turin city council to build the country's first 5G network in the Piedmontese capital by 2020, reports Telecompaper on March 13, 2017. In a statement, the company said it plans to install more than 100 small cells in the main areas of the city by the end of this year. Areas covered will include Via Roma, Via Po, Via Garibaldi, Via Lagrange and Piazza Vittorio, as well as the Polytechnic University and University of Turin campuses. The small cells will be added to 200 mobile broadband sites that will be used to guarantee the best radio coverage in the city, said TIM. The new mobile network will also be supported by the operator's optic fibre-optic infrastructure, which already covers almost the entire city.
The company said the trial will be launched in 2018 and will involve up to a maximum of 3,000 users who will be able to take advantage of very high transmission speeds and gain access to experimental services and applications provided by the city authorities and made possible by TIM's 5G network. Specifically, TIM will provide the city of Turin with smart city services relating to public security, public transport fleets, remote surveillance, virtual reality to support tourism and even new services to help develop production processes in the local manufacturing industry. The infrastructure will gradually be extended throughout the urban area with the aim of covering the entire city by 2020.
The announcement comes after TIM joined forces with Cisco-backed startup Altiostar to conduct the first live test of a virtual radio access network (vRAN) in Europe at its Turin innovation labs. The company described the live test as an important milestone on the road to 5G, making it possible to fully exploit LTE-advanced (LTE-A) functionalities by coordinating signals from various radio base stations located more than 60 kilometers away.
TIM also signed a memorandum of understanding with Ericsson to work together on the development of 5G technology by sharing skills, projects, laboratories and resources.

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