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Karl Andersson, Luleå University of Technology Photo: Linda Alfredsson
Karl Andersson, project manager and Executive Director at the Center for Distance-Spanning Technology. Photo: Linda Alfredsson View original picture , opens in new tab/window

5G test bed to Luleå University of Technology

Published: 10 December 2018

Luleå University of Technology will create a test environment for the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications, 5G. – We are excited to get one of the first 5G installations in Sweden, says Karl Andersson, project manager and Acting Executive Director at the Center for Distance-Spanning Technology.

The test environment will be set up within the framework of the Wireless Innovation Arena project. The purpose of the project is to establish a research and innovation environment for 5G where companies, students and organizations can jointly test new ideas and applications. Different collaborations will contribute to greater and faster development steps and to get new products and services out to a broader market.

– About thirty companies and organizations have expressed interest in participating and we are ready to get started, says Karl Andersson.

– Together with the project's other partners, the test bed will offer a unique opportunity and contribute to innovation and business development linked to 5G.

Broad research

5G implies improvements for higher data rates, shorter delays, higher reliability and sharing capabilities where different user groups are given different priorities. At first, 5G is expected to satisfy the industry's needs, but in the long term, technology will also allow individual consumers to get faster connections. With new antenna technology, 5G technology can also contribute to improved coverage in sparsely populated areas.

Luleå University of Technology and the Center for Distance-Spanning Technology have a long history of successful projects in mobile communications. Several research groups will connect to the 5G project, both technical research and research focusing on involvement of end users in innovation processes.

– In addition, we intend to involve students. The vision is that we become a 5G university with a large participation among students, continues Karl Andersson.

International collaborations

Another important area is international connection with other research institutions. There are already contacts with for example Oulu, which is a dynamic region in the telecom area, and hopefully there will be an extended collaboration within which the 5G test bed becomes an important component.

– We are really looking forward to realizing our plans, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.

– The project is an important contribution to the university's quest to establish northern Sweden as an attractive test region.

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Karl Andersson

Karl Andersson, Professor, Dean

Phone: +46 (0)910 585364
Organisation: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Computer Science, Distance- Spanning Technology, Digital Services and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering