Greece has formally named Trikala city, to be the country’s first municipality with 5G wireless technology. A long-awaited agreement between Trikala, e-Trikala, and Greece’s General Secretariat of Telecommunications was signed, kicking off four months of construction for a free 5G pilot network to test the new wireless technology throughout the city.
The Trikala project will focus heavily on new 5G-enabled “Sustainable Urban Development Solutions,” rather than traditional individual and business wireless services. Under the new program, the city will test 5G-assisted smart parking, smart lighting — dynamically dimming street lights based on real-time sensor data — public wireless internet access, data collection and analysis, and conventional commercial solutions. Smart farming, designed to cultivate medicinal plants using sensors and computers, is also being tested.
According to e-trikala, "The aim of the municipality of Trikala is that this program will be an effective implementation that will bring together local government and the private sector, with benefits for the everyday life of citizens. Smart cities have an obligation to provide a comprehensive framework of services for citizens."