Telesurgery improves medical resources in remote areas

King’s College London, Tianjin University, China Mobile Research Institute, Industrial Research Institute and CMCC Tianjin


To increase specialist medical resources in remote regions.


Ericsson and its partners demonstrated the world’s first tele-operated robotic surgery via a 5G network in the lab. The telesurgery combined haptic sensing and a transluminal surgical system, network slicing, edge computing, low latency and large bandwidth to deliver intelligent sensing and human-machine interaction.


The demonstration fully leveraged 5G high-rate, low-latency and end-to-end network slicing features to ensure quality of service. It demonstrates the significance this technology has in saving more patients' lives and solving the imbalance of medical resources across regions.

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“Time is so short, time is so valuable. Global health, particularly taking care of the elderly, is becoming a major challenge for the next generation of doctors. We need a better way of communicating – 5G might just be the answer.”

- Dr Prokar Dasgupta, Chair in Robotic Surgery & Urological Innovation and Honorary Consultant Urological Surgeon.