Finland introduces the world’s most advanced 5G test network

Finland introduces the world’s most advanced 5G test network at Mobile World Congress 2016. This unique innovation ecosystem unites global telecommunications vendors, SMEs, network operators, public authorities, universities and research institutes to develop our digitalized future together. The 5G Test Network Finland is also open to companies from outside Finland, offering a robust test bed, which can be used to ensure new products and services are equipped for the new technology.

The launch is held on Tuesday 23 February at 11.00 am CET at the Finland Pavilion, #1E04 Hall 1. The keynote speaker is Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland.

“5G is a vital future technology enabling very high quality multimedia and cloud-based services, as well as the future development of the Industrial Internet and other businesses, while reducing energy consumption. The 5G test network gives Finland a unique competitive edge in the race towards the digital future,” says Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland.

Open innovation ecosystem for future technologies

“The 5G Test Network Finland is truly extraordinary as it is built on an open innovation ecosystem, meaning that there are no operator or developer specific limitations. For the first time, the network also brings together the “big three” – Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei – proving ultimate openness to the ecosystem,” says Pertti Lukander, Head of Industry Engagement, Nokia.

The Finnish 5G test network gives industries an exceptional opportunity to test new products and business models. The integrated test environment offers different players the first taste of 5G mobile technology functionalities and gives them the possibility to test critical technologies well before 5G becomes commercially available.

The 5G test network project connects four different test networks, each with different characteristics – all supported by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, and the 5thGear programme. The currently ongoing four test bed opportunities serve both industry and academia, offering opportunities to international research initiatives as well.

For more information about 5G Test Network Finland see press release by Tekes 


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Ms. Teija Räsänen,
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