Elisa’s 5G network tested by Rewheel
In July 2018, Elisa Finland was the world’s first operator to open a commercial 5G network. The 5G base stations were rolled out in the city of Tampere in Finland. To open the network, the Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Anne Berner, made a video call to the Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Kadri Simson, making it the world’s first video conversation via a 5G network.
Following the commercial launch, the independent research and consulting firm Rewheel was invited to test the 5G network. In the report, released in late August 2018, Rewheel outlines the executed measurements such as testing downloading and uploading capabilities close to a base station site. According to the Rewheel, the measurement so far shows that speed has been according to industry expectations and promises.
The release and testing of the network is an important step towards the much-awaited 5G technology and the benefits it’s supposed to bring. During the opening in Tampere, Elisa’s CEO, Veli-Matti Mattila mentioned that “for example, it will be possible in the future for all viewers to watch the same football match as a high-quality live broadcast without delay using any terminal device”.
The launch of the 5G network in Finland follows Elisa’s history of being amongst the world’s first operators to bring new technology, innovations and business models to the market. Followingly, Elisa Automate’s offering builds on the knowledge and innovations that have been spun off by the operator to create similar benefits for other operators internationally.