Mobile network operator EE said on Wednesday that it will launch Britain’s first 5G service in six major cities on May 30.
EE will switch on its 5G service in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester later this month, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The company also said that it will roll out 5G rapidly from Wednesday, with more than 100 new 5G sites per month being added, providing 5G in more cities: Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Some media reports claimed that EE will launch a 5G network “without Huawei technology as originally planned”.
But a spokesperson from BT, the parent group of EE, said: “As we have previously stated, Huawei will continue to supply our 5G radio network infrastructure — they remain a valued and innovative supplier.”
Under the new 5G network, EE said that some customers will break the one gigabit-per-second milestone on their 5G smartphones. The fastest speed possible when EE launched 4G in 2012 was just 50 megabits per second.
“This is the start of the UK’s 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections,” said Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division. (IANS)
An ABB plant in Helsinki producing frequency alterer, or low voltage drives, has started using a 5G wireless-based artificial intelligence application for routine production purposes, ABB announced on Wednesday.
The company said it believed the application was the first of its kind in the world with the actual industrial usage, the Xinhua news agency reported.
Fast 5G connections provide workers with intelligent and real-time feedback from a camera right above the work station. “This is not an academic exercise, but actual production and as such a unique first step in the incorporation of 5G and artificial intelligence,” Simo Saynevirta, head of digitisation projects at ABB Finland, said.
While the new 5G artificial intelligence ensures better work quality, it also reduces the concern about human errors and thus improves well-being at work. Besides errors related to the actual installation work, the system alerts the employee about ergonomically wrong body or hand positions.
There are plans to add augmented reality features to the system, to further improve the “well being at work” of the employees.
The use of the new system started this week at an assembly line which is particularly demanding to workers. The problem is that different versions of the product are assembled on the same line. With the immediate reaction from the 5G system, faults are easily detected and corrected.
Talking to media in Helsinki, Chris Poynter, ABB Vice President from Zuerich, described the Helsinki plant as a flagship location for ABB development work in the sector.
In its media release, ABB underlined that long standing cross-industry networking tradition in Finland made the innovation possible. “The joint project has grown on the basis of the cooperative ecosystem of the Finnish manufacturing industries and the mobile communications industry.”
Finnish software engineering firm Atostek is responsible for the computer vision and the AI application and Nordic mobile phone operator Telia is providing the system’s high-speed 5G mobile connections and the computing capacity needed by the application in its data.
Saynevirta said Finland is an excellent location for innovative work in digitisation due to the progressive approach in regulations. He described Finland as “an innovative environment that makes possible to bring together small and large companies with their expertise”. (IANS)