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5G: 4 construction sites opened

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TIM, Fastweb and Huawei win the invitation to tender launched by the Ministry of Economic Development

Bari, the sixth largest metropolitan area in Italy with more than 1,200,000 inhabitants, and Matera, which has more than 60,000 residents, will soon experience 5G.
By 2018, the 75% coverage of these territories will mean creating, first and foremost,
in Bari: one of the first '4.0' ports in Italy. In this case 5G technology will be used to improve security, control accesses and logistics and will reveal Internet of Things solutions for digital automation, truly innovative applications which bring us ever closer to the use of 'cloud robotics' and smart transport systems;
in Matera: the virtualisation and 3D reconstruction of archaeological sites and museums, even actual virtual geo museums. This is not a random choice as Matera has been elected European Capital of Culture for 2019.  This title is an institution established in 1985 to promote knowledge of the historical-artistic and cultural heritage of the member countries of the European Union;
in the country: 'smart agriculture' applications for the development of 'precision' agriculture, as 5G permits the use of highly sophisticated monitoring systems and automated vehicles equipped with cutting-edge ad hoc solutions for agricultural procedures.
These will be the first results of the project with which TIM, Fastweb and Huawei won the invitation to tender launched by the Ministry of Economic Development.  Alongside the three leading companies are another 52 international, national and local entities – including universities, ICT companies and businesses that operate in sectors with a strong economic and social impact.
These mentioned are some of the applications of 5G in 3 of the 10 sectors of intervention proposed in the plan, which are; smart city; public safety; environmental monitoring, industry 4.0; healthcare; media, education and virtual reality; cars and mobility; road safety; tourism and culture; smart agriculture.
The development of 5G services and applications to enrich the so-called digital 'ecosystem' of the two cities, a sort of virtuous circle between the public administration, companies, enterprises, universities..., represents perhaps the most interesting aspect of the plan as the specific vocations of these places have been identified so they can be enhanced with technological innovation.
Alongside this, the new generation features and services from 5G will gradually be extended to all consumers.

Record-breaking 5G in Turin and San Marino

Last March the agreement between us and the Municipality of Turin became operational.
Turin will therefore be the first city in Italy, and one of the first in Europe, to have a new 5G mobile network.
The stages include: during the course of 2017, the updating of the 4.5G technology network through the installation of over 100 small cells – small, low power antennae with limited environmental impact – in the main areas of the city centre, in addition to the 200 mobile superfast broadband sites to ensure the best radio coverage; from the end of 2017, the start of the first experimental coverage and, in November, the first testing of services in the metropolitan area; gradual expansion to the municipal urban region and, by 2020, coverage of the entire city.
Just as in Bari and Matera, 5G testing in this city means the use of new generation services linked to smart city, like those relating to public security, the management of public services and relative information services, video surveillance solutions in large sections of the city area, virtual reality to support tourism and the use of 5G in industrial manufacturing production processes as well.
Then in June it was San Marino's turn. In this case too, the project stemmed from an agreement between TIM and the Italian government. San Marino will win the prize for being the first State in Europe – and amongst the first in the world – to have a 5G mobile network.
Already this year our activities include the updating to 4.5G of the mobile sites of TIM's Italian network, in anticipation of some characteristics, such as advanced antennae and Cloud architecture, and introducing small cells. The plan is to double the number of existing sites and install several dozen small cells, connected via optic fibre and distributed throughout the entire San Marino area, the geographical and industrial structure of which favours the use and development of innovative technologies.
With these works, it will be possible to start the first trial of 5G by the end of next year.