Europe’s first 5G defence testbed, positioned in Latvia, has been supplemented by two new stand-alone 5G networks, constructed by Nokia and Ericsson. It will make it attainable to check defence improvements on a wide range of networks. The testbed, initially launched by telecommunications innovator LMT in collaboration with the Latvian Nationwide Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence, has been in operation since November of 2020. It has develop into a favoured testing floor for defence innovation due to the 5G capabilities, and a mix of key geographic components, together with the proximity to a defence coaching space, army camp, air drive base, and shoreline. The location is open to NATO allies to collectively develop, take a look at, and display 5G software within the defence business.

“5G is a vital and versatile civil expertise that’s increasing into the defence market as elevated information velocity, decreased latency, and improved reliability of knowledge switch opens for main improvements and new operational capabilities within the defence house in comparison with current applied sciences. Along with LMT we sit up for contributing to those testbeds in Latvia with our innovation capabilities and our expertise experience in 5G networks,” says Manuel Ruiz, Head of Mission Vital Networks at Ericsson.


“5G networks promise a variety of technological information supply alternatives, which might considerably affect many industries, together with the civil and defence sectors. To make them a actuality, a robust collaboration have to be established between 5G community infrastructure suppliers, cellular operators, consumer gear producers, use case builders, and finish purchasers. We’re thrilled that we’re capable of host the entire above within the growth of Latvia’s 5G army testbed. We’re equally thrilled to have the world’s main 5G community infrastructure suppliers – Nokia and Ericsson – take part in our R&D actions.” – Armands Meir?ns, Innovation Lead at LMT.

The distinctive mixture of things on the ?daži testbed makes it attainable to check all kinds of next-generation defence purposes. It has been the location of multinational drive coaching, experiments, and demonstrations, together with with NATO, the US Division of Defence, the European Defence Fund, and the European Defence Industrial Improvement Programme (EDIDP). Earlier demonstrations embody testing mission administration platforms, unmanned terrestrial automobiles, and extra. Functions which can be slated for testing embody distant AR/VR defence personnel coaching, command and management, and numerous upkeep actions with distant specialist participation.

The implementation of two further stand-alone 5G networks is the following step in growing the performance of the testbed. It will permit for the centralised testing of related improvements on numerous networks, confirming the compatibility of networks and accelerating discipline implementation. “5G has a key function to play in accelerating the digital transformation of the defence business and in driving operational management for armed forces. Implementing foundational 5G expertise in Latvia’s world class testbed will assist fast-track army improvements by testing them on this real-world, collaborative atmosphere. We’re delighted to assist LMT on this initiative with our non-public 5G stand-alone community to advance next-generation defence purposes.” – Philippe Agard, Head of Nokia’s Defence Enterprise. With the implementation of those two new stand-alone networks, the ?daži testbed reinforces its place as Europe’s main 5G testbed for defence purposes. It has taken half in numerous European R&D tasks, together with iMUGS, Sparta, 5G COMPAD, FAMOUS2, Comp4Drones, 5G Routes, and extra.