Amid all the 5G posturing by U.S. operators, Finland is trying to grab some of the spotlight by introducing 5G Test Network Finland (5GTNF), which is backed by Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia, at Mobile World Congress 2016.
5GTNF describes itself as an open innovation ecosystem based on a close collaboration and joint offering of several Finnish 5G testbeds. The resulting testing infrastructure will enable a variety of different use cases and service trials in the coming years as 5G continues its evolution toward commercialization.
In addition to the major telecom vendors, the 5GTNF ecosystem covers the entire telecom value chain from research, development and manufacturing to network operators, service providers and public authorities. A total of 40 Finnish partner organizations already are part of the collaboration. And for those who reside outside of Finland? The 5GTNF says it's now actively seeking collaboration opportunities with international partners. Release