Works to increase the power of the infrastructure will begin by the end of 2017, and testing of the 5G service will start within the next year, according to the Italian telecommunications company.
"We are among the first in the world to invest in the development of new ultrabroadband networks: they are the future, fast connections and the development of the city," Head of Technology at TIM Giovanni Ferigo stated, adding that the agreement allows them "to create the First 5G State in the World, projecting the Republic of San Marino into the future ahead of countries such as Japan and South Korea, which have always led the way in technological innovation."
The enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy was chosen as a platform for new network testing due to its geographical features and smaller number of legal and administrative obstacles in regulations governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum. "The particular geographical shape of this territory and the distribution of its industries favor the use and development of innovative technologies," Telecom Italia said.
Although there are no global standards for 5G deployment yet, the 5G arms race is underway around the world. Russia's MTS, Megafon and Tele2 are among the European telecommunications companies that aim to fast-track 5G deployment and introduce it in time for the 2018 World Cup. In 2016, MTS that cooperates with Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung, and Megafon that teamed up with Huawei and Nokia, have already tested 5G in Russia.
In April 2017, successful 5G tests were also conducted by Huawei jointly with Telenor in a controlled lab environment in Norway.