Estonia to pilot 5G next year

Estonian mobile operator EMT could steal an unlikely lead in the race for 5G as it looks to start piloting the technology as early as next year.

EMT’s technology director Tiit Tammiste said: “Eesti Telekom is currently implementing a 5G technology needed to test its network. Tests scheduled to start in the second half of 2016 are likely”.

Despite a recent visit to Ericsson’s Stockholm innovations studio, the carrier is yet to state who’s equipment it will use when initial tests begin next year. The operator has also been shy in offering probable speeds or dates for commercialisation.

EMT have been known to be at the forefront of developing networks in Estonia, having introduced LTE-A in some parts of the capital, Tallinn, and its surrounding areas.

According to ZDNet, EMT’s domestic rivals Tele2 and Elisa Estonia are taking a more reserved approach to 5G, predicting the test technologies will arrive between 2018 and 2020.

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