Telia, Ericsson partner to build 5G innovation arena

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Telia, Ericsson and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology are partnering to boost the development of 5G in Sweden. In a new agreement, Telia and KTH will build an environment at KTH in which 5G networks can be tested and developed.

Together with Ericsson as a technology partner, Telia will also work with different industry players to create a uniquely innovative arena.

“The 5G environment we will establish at KTH Campus means great opportunities to test technology and applications,” says Mats Lundbäck, CTO, Telia Sweden. “Telia will contribute with technical, cutting-edge competence and solutions to ensure that Swedish academia and industry are in the driver’s seat and are able to take leadership in 5G use case development.”

The idea behind the cooperation is that the expansion of the 5G network will drive the entire digitalization of society. 5G plays a key role in rolling out technologies like, for example, IoT and connected cars.

“It’s really exciting with such a concrete initiative, where the development of new 5G solutions takes place in the physical KTH environment,” says Mikael Östling, Deputy President, KTH. “This will give our researchers, teachers and students great opportunities to participate and develop an increased understanding of the demands of 5G and future generations telecom networks. I also think our joint agreement shows that Sweden is good at collaborating, which is something KTH prioritizes.”

The new cooperation is part of the Digital Demo Stockholm initiative that drives improvements for a smarter city by means of digital solutions.

“Our joint efforts with Telia and KTH in building a 5G test environment is yet another step in our continued investment in R&D for 5G leadership. It is important to us to be part of the ecosystem of industries, communications service providers and academia for Sweden to stay at the forefront of 5G technology. 5G will accelerate the digitalization of society, impacting people’s lives and businesses alike,” says Joakim Sorelius, Head of Development Unit Networks, Ericsson.