With millions of cruise ship passengers annually on its Baltic Sea routes, Tallink Group is one of the largest ocean transport companies in Europe. Telia Estonia is now testing a 5G use case that delivers high-speed connectivity to one of Tallink’s cruise ships at the Port of Tallinn. The solution uses Ericsson’s 5G base stations and antennas and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform to transfer passenger data traffic along with data from the ship’s own information and communications systems to a millimeter wave wireless link that extends to Telia’s mobile network.
The announcement of this use case was made on September 29th, 2017 during the EU Digital Summit taking place in Tallinn, Estonia.
“5G is the next generation mobile network that will allow higher throughputs, much lower latency and enable unseen services that are not possible today,” says Mattias Männi, 5G Program Manager, Telia Estonia. “This is a win-win project. For us it is important to validate and show that 5G can handle those data loads and for Tallink it’s important to provide the best customer experience.”
Ericsson anticipates a huge opportunity for telcom operators who address industry digitalization through 5G, and foresees a worldwide revenue potential of USD 582 billion by 2026.
Watch a video about the Tallink use case and to get more information about the journey towards 5G.