Why is the time for 5G now?

‘Turning Finland into the world leader in communications networks – Digital infrastructure strategy 2025’ (External link) published in 2018 describes how to ensure access to advanced electronic services for the entire society. The strategy contains measures for promoting the implementation of 5G.

The development of 5G networks makes users’ connections faster, serves as a platform, as well as enables efficient and faster communications connections for new services, such as AI applications. The developing digital infrastructure supports the utilisation of automation, robotisation and the real-time data economy, thereby promoting the development of, among other things, the next stages of healthcare, media, education and transport.

Benefits of 5G

  • A tenfold increase in the speed of wireless broadband, 500 Mbps - 1Gbps becomes available for ordinary users.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): in the future, you can connect a huge amount of IoT devices online, including affordable sensors with a battery that lasts for up to 10 years.
  • Reliability and very low latency enable remote controlling and automation, for instance.
  • An online service can be tailored for its purpose of use: reliability may outweigh speed.

The 3.5 GHz frequency band was auctioned for 5G in 2018 and the first commercial 5G products are expected to be launched into the market in 2019. The auction was a concrete step towards the most advanced digital society in the world.

Read more about the auctioning of the 3.5 GHz frequency band and its results (External link).