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In Italy, 5G kicks off from Turin

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Turin will be the first Italian city and among the first in Europe to be connected to a 5G mobile network: the agreement reached between the Municipality of Turin and TIM marks the start of the experiment  scheduled to start in 2018 and expected to gradually extend the new mobile ultrabroadband infrastructure to the entire city by 2020.

Turin and the 5G network

But what does this actually mean for citizens, businesses and Public Administration?
Several new generation services aimed at creating a Smart City: not only public security, managing public transport fleets with connected information services, but also video surveillance services  in some areas of the town, virtual reality for tourism and new spaces to develop the Industry 4.0 project, thanks to the application of the 5G network in the manufacturing industry production processes.
Just to give some figures on commitment at operative level too:
more than 100 small cells (small smart antennas) will be set up in the town centre area
- 200 mobile ultrabroadband sites will be activated as concerns radio coverage
- a maximum of 3,000 subscribers will be involved
For Turin, this means joining the group of the first Pan-European network of cities linked with the 5G network, as part of the 5G European Action Plan, promoted by the European Commission.
This plan aims at speeding up the development of the 5G network by starting experiments scheduled to begin from one city for Every European country. These experiments will be followed by the current use of the new technology and new services.

Looking ahead

A survey commissioned by the European Commission (*) estimates that the spread of the 5G network in Europe could create 2.3 million jobs, considering a 56.5 billion Euros investment, thus proving the benefits of the 5G network.
As concerns Italy, the investment allocated to 5G amounts to about 7 billion Euros and could create 187 thousand jobs.

Why Turin

To TIM, Turin has always been a place for creating, nurturing and cultivating novel ideas on the mobile front:  in 1999 we unveiled the first UMTS video call, followed by the first commercial offer on the 4G network in 2012.
Furthermore, Turin is also home to TIM's research and innovation centre, where the first laboratory on millimetre waves - one of the most important 5G innovations - was set up in 2016. Tests on 5G devices can be carried out in this laboratory.  

5G, honour and responsibility

5G paves way to new life and business scenarios bound to change the way we work, communicate and live. 
Here are a few features that make it a modern and top class technology:
- speed, up to 20 times higher than LTE, to enjoy Ultra HD videos or Cloud Computing services;
- latency (**) that is 10 times lower than 4G, crucial for drones and self driving cars;
- capacity to manage numerous objects and sensors, connecting millions of devices per sqkm (Urban Internet of things);
- reduction of electromagnetic pollution, because it works with an extremely low power, with radio frequencies that could not be used up to now;
- reliability and security
However, 5G means creating an innovative and open platform to enable new ecosystems with the industrial partners, overcoming today's limits and fragmentations as well as working with standardisation bodies, for example the 3GPP consortium, appointed to work on 5G solutions worldwide by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union).
Today, 5G could be the turning point towards the advent of Smart Cities as well as current and future digital life, given that it enables connecting several objects, devices, people and things simultaneously. This enables creating a connected environment where everything and everyone is “always on”, with high quality and security levels.

(*) Identification and quantification of key socio-economic data to support strategic planning for the introduction of 5G in Europe – 2016

(**) Latency is the time interval between the time when a packet is transmitted by the network and received by the device or vice versa.