Italian fixed and mobile operator TIM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of the Republic of San Marino for the development of 5G wireless technology. TIM says it is looking to help San Marino – a 61 square kilometre micro-state fully contained within Italian territory – become the first country in Europe to have a live 5G system. Trials of 5G technology are scheduled to begin within the next twelve months
From this year TIM says it will start to ugrade the mobile sites of its network in the Republic with 4.5G technology, introducing some of the features of 5G, such as evolved mast towers (4×4 multiple-input, multiple-output [MIMO]), carrier aggregation (CA), superior modulation, Cloud architecture and small cells. The rollout plan includes doubling the number of existing mobile sites and installing several dozen small cells, linked by optical fibre and distributed throughout the whole of the territory of San Marino.
TIM has a 51% interest in the tiny nation’s sole cellco, Telefonia Mobile Sammarinese (TMS), via fixed line operator Telecom Italia San Marino (TISM). TIM has already announced that trials of 5G will be taking place in the Italian city of Turin, though it is thought that the greater availability of spectrum in San Marino has influenced its decision to push ahead with testing in the Republic.