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Port of Livorno, Italy using 5G

Increasing the efficiency of port operations

Enabling sustainable growth in ports with 5G

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In partnership with TIM, Authority Port of Livorno, CNIT, FEEM, Italy


Imagine a smart shipping container that knows its own contents to a tee – and can communicate autonomously with surrounding units to find the most efficient route to its destination. By tapping into the flexibility and performance of 5G, the Port of Livorno in Italy is bringing all that to life – and more.

Port of the future

Addressing efficiency and sustainability at the Port of Livorno with 5G

2020 report


There is a need to increase efficiency, productivity and sustainability in European ports’ operations.


Ericsson is deploying and piloting 5G and enhanced Augmented Reality (AR) use cases in the port of Livorno. Utilizing 5G connectivity, the project developed a model which allowed for optimized vessel berthing.


The project resulted in significant cost reduction, (EUR 2.5 m), increased productivity and reduction in CO2 by 8.2% per container terminal.

More facts and reading

Digitalizing port operations with 5G

For centuries, the Port of Livorno has been the gateway to Tuscany and its iconic cities of Florence, Pisa, and Siena. During the Renaissance, Italy became a cultural pioneer through the exportation of beautiful fashions, innovative designs and delicious food.

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Sustainable development goals

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

The highlighted Sustainable Development Goals are included in the project.

“I would say that 5G will be of paramount importance in connected ports, because 5G enables fast and high bandwidth communication.”
– Dr Paolo Pagano, Director of the Innovation Service Center, CNIT and Livorno Port Authority.