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Edzcom, Signify to build private smart-city network on 5G lightpoles

EDZCOM, a company of Cellnex, and a European market leader in Edge Connectivity solutions, and Signify, the world leader in lighting, have entered into a partnership with the City of Tampere. The partnership was initiated to build an innovative and long-term private network project with the vision to make the city a better place for its citizens to live and work.

Small and medium-sized cities are confronting the challenge of slow development. Simultaneously, digitalisation is radically disrupting traditional business models, helping to break both spatial and geographical boundaries, as well as further delivering new ways to live in this digital age. Advancing digitalisation therefore provides opportunities for SMCs to rapidly enhance their competitiveness in societal, economic, and environment and low carbon areas, amongst other variables. With the Tampere Smart City Week expo and conference taking place from 14-15 June 2022 at the next-gen Nokia Arena, EDZCOM and Signify have the opportunity to showcase their unique connectivity collaboration with the City of Tampere at the event.

“EDZCOM is the leader in Finland for private networks. Connectivity is one of the key drivers of digitalisation, and in this project we were able to offer something of value to the City of Tampere, and the city had needs in terms of improving its connectivity for the benefit of its citizens. This infra-project was about utilising the assets that Tampere has, in this case, the streetscape assets, and this enabled EDZCOM and Signify to build a very high-performance wireless private network for the city. In addition, we can also provide a faster roll-out for 5G for densification on top of the base network we are building, so there are multiple benefits for all parties here.

The City of Tampere is very internationally oriented and by a mile is the leader in being an innovator in the smart city environment. That is well recognized in the Nordics and even further afield. This is a first for a project like this in Finland, so they are pioneers in that sense. This is a unique project.”

CT Bureau

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