5G promises to be an open window of opportunity for a lot of companies, agencies and also individuals. To find out how far technology can go, the Spanish Government has awarded Eight projects aiming to experiment with new use cases for 5G. Surveillance, television broadcasts, medical operations and teaching projects, among many others.

Despite the fact that 5G has been playing on the technological landscape for years, and although we already have a complete variety of devices with that connectivity on the market, all the practical cases that technology can benefit from are still unknown. The high transfer rates, low latency and multiple simultaneous devices Connected will facilitate evolution in a multitude of fields, from social to scientific. So nothing like testing practical applications to see how far new technology can go: Spain is financing various projects at the state level.

Eight new projects and a multitude of practical application cases

We already know that 5G networks are not yet deployed since we have to wait for the new frequencies to be auctioned once they are released from DTT after the Second Digital Dividend, but there are already companies that operate in 5G thanks to equipment on 4G, the so-called 5G NSA. Vodafone has been testing its networks for a year. And Orange has already announced that it will join the NSA before 2020.

Since the networks are on the way to operationalize the connections at the state level, the State has decided to invest in how you can diversify the use of new connections. To do this, it has awarded ‘Eight new 5G technology pilot projects’ which, with an aggregate budget of 40 million euros, offer aid to eight Autonomous Communities to squeeze the use of 5G in the most diverse fields. The idea is to collaborate with the promotion of new connectivity, one of the axes of the National 5G Plan.

The eight approved projects, and their respective use cases, are as follows:

Andalusia. The project is aimed at promoting security in smart cities and also their municipal management. It will also be used for virtual reality and augmented reality, for the control of guided vehicles and the use of surveillance drones in the port of Malaga.
Castilla la Mancha. Tests will be carried out on television broadcasts, remote interaction between doctor and patient through augmented reality and a ‘home automation’ of a hotel will be carried out.
Catalonia. The project is intended for distance learning through holography. In addition, tests will be carried out with autonomous vehicles, both on public and private transport. There will also be tests of television transmission and management of tourist areas.
Madrid’s community. Launch of a private 5G network to improve the efficiency of the industry. The television broadcast will be a practical use case, also the communication between drones, hospital connection and education through holography.
Valencian Community. 5G will be used to make critical backups, as an improvement in the tourist experience, connection in the port of Valencia, remote control of industrial robots and medical exploration using robotic arms.
Estremadura. An educational platform will be created to teach surgery to medical students. Tests will also be carried out on remote driving, electrical supply control, and the impact of mixed reality on tourism will be studied.
Galicia. Surveillance with drones and high resolution cameras, secure control of facilities using 5G mobiles and tourism in virtual reality. Research will be done on how to improve farms and the experience at streaming events.
Basque Country. The project is aimed at the industrial field: process monitoring, cybersecurity and asset maintenance.

All 5G projects and use cases are approved and will run throughout 2020 and 2021.

More information | Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital transformation

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The Spanish Government awards several use cases for 5G: from drone surveillance to holographic teaching