Luleå University of Technology has a 5G mast installed outside on the university campus. The 5G test bed offers researchers and companies an environment to validate products and services of the future. With an indoor system for 5G, the test bed’s capacity expands.
– 5G runs partially on existing frequencies from the other previous generations' networks. It is more difficult for the higher frequencies to penetrate walls. Therefore, there is a need for supplementing the indoor system with an outdoor 5G radio system, says Karl Andersson, Associate Professor of Pervasive and Mobile Computing and Executive Director at the Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology, CDT.
5G coverage indoors with increased capacity and higher speeds, allows for completely new experiments and tests, for fully integrated use cases and scenarios for big data.
– Researchers can experiment with everything from drones and robots to agricultural machines and health-related technical solutions. At Luleå University of Technology, we involve researchers from many different disciplines. We also expect even more companies start working with us, says Karl Andersson.
The 5G radio system at Luleå University of Technology is developed by Ericsson with Telia as the network operator. Magnus Frodigh, Head of Ericsson Research, points out the importance of collaboration between industry and academia.
– 5G is and will be a platform for innovation, both for established industries, start-ups and society. It is fantastic that we have the opportunity, together with Luleå University of Technology and Telia, to build the Nordic region's first indoor system with the Ericsson 5G Radio Dot System. Now we are looking forward to joint innovation to find new exciting applications for the industry together with Luleå's talented research teams, says Magnus Frodigh.
Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Telia Sweden, shares this view:
– There will soon be a wider expansion of 5G and an important spectrum auction around the corner. The interest in 5G is huge and several different industries are exploring its potential. This testbed creates conditions to meet that need; it can act as a catalyst for new innovative solutions that can contribute to more efficient and sustainable business.
For Luleå University of Technology, the collaboration with Ericsson and Telia is part of a long-lasting approach to research collaboration.
– This collaboration is another example of how we conduct our 5G projects at Luleå University of Technology. We use a well-tried collaboration model, we carry out research, development and innovation in an open environment with focus on collaboration, Karl Andersson concludes.