Telia and Mid Sweden University switch on first 5G network in Norrland

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Telia launched a 5G network at Mid Sweden University that will be used by academia and partners to explore industrial applications of 5G, AI and IoT. The goal is to accelerate research in remote and autonomous vehicles for industrial use and in forestry.

The 5G network is at permanent installation at Mid Sweden University, one of six universities in Sweden with campuses in Sundsvall and Östersund, and constitutes an important building block for developing 5G technology within the framework of Telia’s 5G partner program.

The program provides an innovation environment where partners get the opportunity to explore the technology and business opportunities with 5G. In this way, Telia contributes to the technology being applied in the best way when 5G is launched commercially in Sweden in 2020.

The new 5G network is Sweden’s third 5G network and will be used by Mid Sweden University’s researchers and students, together with large companies and entrepreneurs, to develop mobile communication of the future.
“This is a unique opportunity to explore industrial applications of 5G, AI, and IoT together with Mid Sweden University. By creating new applications in a dynamic test environment, large companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and students can collaborate to contribute to Sweden being at the forefront when 5G is rolled out commercially,” says Mats Lundbäck, Chief Technology Officer, Telia Sweden.

More about 5G at Mid Sweden University (in Swedish)
Telia started a 5G partner program in the summer of 2018. To date, Volvo Construction Equipment, Einride, Tieto and Mid Sweden University have joined the partner program, where Ericsson is the main technology partner. Telia also works with the Royal Institute of Technology, the Umeå 5G initiative, Luleå University of Technology and the Swedish Olympic Academy on 5G.