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TIM switches on Italy’s first 5G antenna with millimetre waves in Turin, record connection at over 20 Gigabit/s

New Italian record, in collaboration with Ericsson.

First application of the ‘virtual reality’ with the new technology: immersive visit of
Piazza Carlo Alberto from the Politecnico University

12/14/2017 - 01:45 PM

TIM turns on the 5G engines and begins road testing the fastest Italian network in Turin, activating the first 5G antenna with millimetre waves in the country today at the Politecnico of Turin, reaching the record connection of 20 Gigabit/s, the maximum demonstrated by the new technology in a urban context.

The record set by TIM - in collaboration with Ericsson - spreads awareness of the potential of the 5G network, that here uses the 28 GHz frequency band on millimetre waves, on which TIM is developing innovation together with global partners, such as Qualcomm Technologies Inc..

Moreover, for the first time in Italy a virtual visit service in real time has been achieved on an experimental 5G network system.

It was possible to visit Piazza Carlo Alberto from the Politecnico of Turin despite it being on the other side of the city. An avatar guide accompanied the visitor – equipped with a VR headset and sensors – in the historic venue, thereby testing the capacities of virtual reality.  An immersive experience made possible by the top speed of the 5G network which makes interaction between the guide, the virtual environment and the visitor immediate, in terms of thousandths of a second. And this is just the beginning: before long tourists with a great interest in the history of the Savoia family will be able to enter the museums while comfortably seated on their sofa in New York or any other city of the world.

Turin, with its strength in scientific excellence at the Politecnico, is confirmed as the Italian capital of 5G and one of the first cities in Europe to have a new generation mobile network. The record connection follows on from the Memorandum of Understanding signed last March between TIM and Turin’s municipal authority to implement the “Turin 5G” project, which aims to provide gradual coverage of the city with the new generation network by 2020.

With the partnership in Turin, TIM and Ericsson are strengthening a collaboration that started last year with the “5G for Italy” programme, which is giving rise to an open ecosystem in which to create innovative projects and services enabled by the fifth-generation network.

This scenario consolidates the historical collaboration between TIM and the Politecnico of Turin: during 2018 joint research activities will be carried out on 5G for the development of new generation applications.

With a transmission capacity 20 times greater than the current 4G one the 5G network will connect a very large number of objects and people to offer high quality, personalized and extremely engaging innovative services.

For “Turin 5G”, TIM is in fact developing applications dedicated to enhancing the cultural and artistic heritage as well as new solutions for the smart city, environmental monitoring, public safety, the vehicle industry, 4.0 industry, healthcare, education, mobility and road safety, logistics and smart agriculture.

The initiative confirms TIM’s commitment to bring about the digital transformation of the country, based on infrastructure and applications with a positive impact on all market sectors and on people's lifestyles, accompanying them into the future “Gigabit society” in which the company intends to play a leading role.


Turin, 14 December 2017


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