Saturday 6 April 2019

5G and Innovation by Latvian MNO LMT

Latvian Mobile Telephone a.k.a Latvijas Mobilais Telefons in Latvian or LMT is a mobile GSM/UMTS/LTE operator in Latvia. It received a great deal of attention at MWC this year. Visitors appreciated both their sustainable stand which was a little patch of nature - built entirely out of peat moss and the impressive 5G use cases they showcased.

LMT also attracted attention with two Glomo award nominations - the European 5G Pioneer award, and the Mobile Tech Breakthrough award for companies over $10M in yearly revenue - the first Glomo nominations for a Latvian participant.

Both Glomo nominations were for the “smart TV delivered over the mobile network” product. It is a smart TV product built on the Android TV platform and is delivered exclusively over the mobile network, using no fixed cables. It is currently successfully delivered over the 4G network and is the first 5G use case ready to be deployed immediately as soon as the 5G network becomes available in Latvia.

LMT have also partnered with Nokia and Intel to demonstrate live 5G ultra-high bandwidth data streams. 

Previously at the Baltic Sea Region's “5G Techritory” forum the companies achieved peak download speeds of 1.4Gbps in alive test. This was an event that brought together the region's 5G ecosystem.

At the forum, LMT introduced the Baltic digital road initiative - a cooperative intelligent transport system corridor aiming to support development of connected vehicles and cooperative driving. Additionally, LMT also showcased its other technological innovations such as drones equipped with Computer Vision and Computer Hearing, developed in collaboration with Riga Technical University.

Nokia provided a 5G solution comprising of a Nokia AirScale Base Station and a radio access cloud core running on AirFrame hardware. Intel provided the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform as an end device to help ensure that the 5G-compliant specifications for spectrum, band, capacity and handover solutions are met.

The capital city of Riga is also developing 5G use cases in cooperation with LMT such as smart parking, drone services, and drone traffic management platform, IoT sensors for smart cities and more. The first live 5G network in Riga was demonstrated in September of 2018.

For a small operator in a country of under 2M inhabitants this is quite an achievement. Moreover since Lativa is a predominantly forest and bog-covered country it is ideal for exploring 5G use cases and for developing solutions in areas with limited fixed coverage. From search-and-rescue drone projects, to machine vision edge-computing forestry solutions, all the way to last-mile delivery of fixed-wireless broadband and smart TV delivered over the mobile network.

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