Riga to play lead role in European agenda for 5G

Riga’s role in the rollout of 5th generation technology has made it a fitting hub for hosting decision makers setting the European agenda on 5G.

The Latvian capital will host the 5G Techritory Forum, the 2nd Baltic Sea Region 5G Ecosystem Forum, on 27-29 November 2019. The invitation-only event is expected to attract some 1000 senior-level innovators, legislators, and investors taking leadership for setting the 5G agenda. The main objective of the Forum is to establish the Baltic Sea Region as a role model for building the European Gigabit society.

Latvia is ranked 3rd in 5G readiness in Europe, with a high level of Government support for 5G initiatives.

“We are happy to host the leading minds of 5G, a new generation technology, from Europe and beyond at the 5G Techritory Forum in Riga, Latvia. 5G has a great potential to improve our businesses and our everyday lives. The Forum will be a wonderful opportunity to discuss and lay the foundation for a successful future cross-border collaboration, where policy and business converge,” says Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia.

In July 2019, Latvia became one of the first countries in Europe and the world to open a 5G communication network, with Latvia’s leading mobile operators, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons and Tele2, launching their 5G services. Tele2 launched its first 5G handset, the Huawei Mate20 X 5G, in September, although connectivity is currently restricted to users in the vicinity of the Mukusala Business Centre in Riga, where the cellco launched its first fully-fledged 5G base transceiver station (BTS).

The Forum is organised by the Electronic Communication Office of Latvia in co-operation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is powered by the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, and backed by Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT) as a strategic partner. It is being developed in close cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers, which plays a key role in fostering the Nordic-Baltic digitalization.

5G deployment is actively pursued within the Baltic Sea Region, which is comprised of 9 countries: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. Combined, they represent a population of over 150 million. These countries have already demonstrated leadership in developing the policy and infrastructure required for commercial 5G deployment.

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, says: ”As the leading UN agency for ICTs, ITU’s goal is to help 5G turn connectivity into a platform that will benefit people and industries everywhere so that this new technology can be a source for good for everyone.”

The event will highlight four verticals that are considered most ready for 5G commercialisation: Smart City, Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, and Smart Media and Entertainment.

Attendees will also be able to take part in the first-ever 5G policy hackathon, a key stakeholders’ roundtable, and a “Meet the 5G Technology” expo – where attendees can interact with the cutting-edge technologies being built for driving the development of 5G.


(via ITU, 5GTechritory, Telegeography, Xinhua)

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