Telia Company together with airport operator Finavia launched 5G network at Helsinki Airport


11 December 2018

Stockholm, Sweden-headquartered Telia Company has launched a 5G network at Helsinki Airport (HEL) in Finland in partnership with airport operator Finavia. The telco said that Finavia will be its first customer to use the pre-commercial 5G network in Finland, to support a 5G-enabled robot. The 5G-enabled robot operates in the non-Schengen area of Terminal 2 (T2). Telia and Finavia will study how passengers and airport personnel react and interact with an autonomous robot carrying out service tasks. “The robot can deliver real-time video stream from the terminal and enable for example monitoring the terminal area through remote or autonomous control and see that everything is running as it should,” said Heikki Koski, chief digital officer at Finavia. “The robot can also guide passengers in the terminal, and we aim to try different use cases during the project,” he added. The data transmission and control of the robot is carried over a 5G base station located at the airport. The network, based on technology by Nokia, utilises the 28 GHz frequency band, Telia said. Janne Koistinen, 5G programme director at Telia Finland, said: “5G will start with enterprise customers, especially for industrial automation and remote control. The low-latency connection and massive capacity of 5G will serve the airport well with its masses of passengers and data, and with the focus on security and fluency of services.”

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