Vodafone Italia launches 90 million euros 5G project

Italy —

Vodafone Italia, a subsidiary of U.K.-based telecoms group Vodafone, has officially launched its 5G project.  The telco will trial 5G technology in Milan using spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band.

Vodafone Italia’s CEO Aldo Bisio made the announcement at an event held in the Palazzo Marino city hall and attended by mayor Giuseppe Sala and Italy’s undersecretary for economic development in charge of telecommunications Antonello Giacomelli.

Aldo Bisio said that Vodafone will be working with a total of 28 partners on the project, which is budgeted at 90 million euros.

The Italian telco said the network will cover 80% of the city and surrounding metropolitan areas by the end of next year and 100% by 2019.

“The 5G trial is a great accelerator for Milan, which is set to become the European capital of 5G,” said Bisio, adding that over 40 projects will be implemented covering sectors such as health, security, energy, transport, education and entertainment. Partners include Milan Polytechnic university, Nokia, Qualcomm, Huawei, IBM, FCA, Esselunga, Ferrovie Italiane, Pirelli, Siemens, the Italian Red Cross and local transport authorities.

Earlier this year, TIM and the Municipality of Turin signed an agreement on 5G development project for the city.