TIM and Huawei to create a 4.0 port in Bari – whatever that means

Empty rowboat afloat on binary ocean

Now before you get too excited, we’re not talking about the hilarious escapades of Gavin and Stacey. This one is all about Italy, so pasta, football, Vespas, opera and the ringing sound of ‘mamma mia’ everywhere.

TIM, Fastweb and Huawei will be teaming up for the development of new mobile networks in Bari and Matera, testing the 3.6 – 3.8 GHz spectrum frequencies in the two cities. As part of the project, the trio are hoping to have the first 5G use cases in action by June 2018, and to reach 75% 5G coverage by the end of the year, and full coverage of the two cities by the end of 2019.

Quite an accomplishment considering 5G standards will only be coming out in June 2018. Some speedy work from the Italians – they must be loaded up on pizza and espressos.

Now down to the exciting part…

Bari will be the focal point for what the trio claims will be one of the first 4.0 ports. Using IoT solutions coupled with digital automation, the aim here will be to improve security, access control and logistics across the port, as well as pave the way for cloud robotics and intelligent transportation systems.

Over in Matera, there is a bit more of a consumer trend in play. Using 3D technology, the trio will aim to create a number of virtual geo-museums, focusing on the archaeological sites and museums in the city. Imagine the glories of a holiday for those who don’t actually want to leave the grey shores of the UK, totes amaze right!?

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