Swedish operator Telia deployed a live public 5G test network on a passenger cruise ship in the Port of Tallinn, Estonia. The technology lets 2,000 ship passengers communicate via Wi-Fi and delivered gigabit wireless speeds.

Telia worked with Ericsson and Intel on the 5G network, which is serving as a use case for future 5G deployments. The operator is planning to launch commercial 5G in 2018 in Tallinn and Stockholm.

The 5G network was created for the Port of Tallinn. During the cruise ship test, the technology was not only used for passenger communications but also for remote control machinery. The company deployed an augmented reality remote control module on an excavator and used a live 5G link with low latency to show how a machine operator can control an excavator in a hazardous environment from a safe distance.

In a video on the announcement Asha Keddy, VP and GM, next generation and standards group at Intel, said that 5G is important because it’s the first generation of distribute compute technology that tightly integrates the devices, the network, and the cloud to deliver a scalable network.

It’s not surprising that Telia is aggressive with its 5G timeline. The operator was one of the first to launch a 4G LTE network back in 2009. By comparison, Verizon, which was widely considered a leader in LTE, launched a large-scale LTE network in December 2010.

Verizon, meanwhile, has said it could deploy its fixed 5G service by as early as 2018 if its friendly-user trials are successful. The company announced in February that it would offer pre-commercial 5G services to pilot customers in 11 markets by mid-year.

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