Accelerating 5G in the Nordic and Baltic region

Steppingstones for Cross Border Collaboration

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Testbeds are pivotal in developing and deploying 5G infrastructure in the Nordic and Baltic region. This publication investigates the challenges, potentials and opportunities in a differentiated 5G regional landscape based on a SWOT analysis and mapping of the most advanced test facilities of the region. It aims to take the temperature of 5G activities, identifying valuable verticals such as the manufacturing industry, and indicating progress in a regional, national and cross-sectorial perspective. It provides insight into the region’s weaknesses and strongholds, as well as how important cross-border collaboration is in the fastforwarding 5G global race.



Business opportunities – from a testbed viewpoint

It’s quite clear from the interviews done for this survey that the transition from 4G to 5G will be gradual and take several years. The promises of 5G – massive broadband, low latency, network slicing and the ability to handle a large number of nodes – can for many use cases be fulfilled by 4G and the 4G derivative NBIoT, Narrowband Internet of Things. Commercial NB-IoT networks are already up and running, and since no “killer application” for 5G has been identified that will by itself pay for the rather big investments associated with 5G for spectrum and for equipment, the conclusion is that the demand for 5G will initially result in a patchwork of hotspots interacting with existing 4G networks. Early business cases will probably be found in local spots where decision chains are relatively fast, e.g. digitalisation of a factory or a port. Businesses with more complex decision chains, e.g. within health or emergency services, will need more time to develop 5G use cases, and by that time the 5G coverage will probably also have increased to support their needs better.


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