Telecom Italia San Marino (TIM SM) has conducted a live demonstration of 5G technology in the 26GHz band in the small European state of San Marino. The test allowed users to stream live video using a device featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. TIM SM, which is owned by Telecom Italia and has a 51% stake in San Marino’s sole cello TMS, is hoping that the Republic will be one of the first in Europe to launch a live 5G mobile network. It has contracted Nokia for its network rollout in the 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands.
Cesare Pisano, CEO of TIM SM, commented: ‘By the end of the summer, the first mobile sites will be adapted to the new 5G radio interface, coinciding with the progressive introduction of small cells, small and low power antennas which, connected by fibre-optic cable and located in various areas of the country, will provide performance levels unattainable with current technologies, and with minimum environmental impact.’