Kongsberg set to become Norway’s first 5G pilot

A key element for our ability to use new technologies such as autonomous, driverless, vehicles

Kongsberg is to become the first town in Norway which Telenor will pilot 5G technology. Autonomous buses, drones, emergency communication and eHealth are just some of the applications which may be trialled.

– 5G technology could transform many critical social applications such as traffic management, health services and key communication services, including emergency communication. We are therefore thrilled to announce this partnership with Kongsberg’s exciting environment of innovation, says Ove Fredheim, Head of Telenor’s Corporate Market Division.

The letter of intent was signed today at the Kongsberg Technology Summit in the presence of all the collaboration partners. The initial participants in the pilot are Telenor, Kongsberg municipality, Applied Autonomy and Kongsberg Innovasjon. Other parties will be able to sign up in due course.

– We will test specific applications and technologies which will be controlled via the 5G network. The initial trials will involve an autonomous bus, which will have a dedicated 5G network from the railway station to the industrial park in Kongsberg, says Fredheim.

The new 5G network will see the introduction of what is known as “network slicing”. This technology makes it possible to offer more logical networks adapted to meet the needs of different user groups in terms of bandwidth, reliability and system lag over the same physical network. 5G technology offers considerable flexibility in terms of services and can be configured to meet widely varying customer needs over a single common infrastructure.

– 5G presents us with entirely new opportunities for developing and operating services and control functions for autonomous vehicles, says Olav Madland of Applied Autonomy.