Huawei Helps Italian Operators Launch the First 5G Commercial Base Station
TIM and Fastweb put the first 5G base station (complying with 3GPP standards) into commercial use, featuring Huawei's end-to-end (E2E) 5G equipment. The three partners also jointly demonstrated ten 5G use cases in the cooperation. TIM and Fastweb intend to provide the cities of Bari and Matera with 5G commercial coverage (75% of the population) by the end of 2018.
Three companies used the opportunity to jointly demonstrate a total of ten 5G use cases at Fiera del Levante in Bari. These use cases focus on Smart City and Transport, Environment and Heritage, Smart Health, Smart Port, AR/VR, Smart Culture and Tourism, Smart Road, Smart Agriculture, etc.
"5G will be the most important enabling factor for many innovative services that can revolutionize the lives of citizens and businesses, effectively implementing the gigabit social paradigm," said Mario di Mauro, Strategy and Innovation & Customer Experience Officer of TIM.
"The new and demonstrated use cases launched with the Bari Matera 5G project are part of a large portfolio for innovative solutions that Telecom Italia is developing to accelerate the digitization of the country." Andrea Lasagna, Fastweb's Chief Technology Officer, highlighted.
"Research, investments in the territory, and collaboration with the partner ecosystem are at the base of the Huawei philosophy and can be seen in the use cases presented at the Fiera del Levante, one of the most significant achievements in Italy," said Luigi De Vecchis, President of Huawei Italia.