The EU is investing €7.7 million into the project and the new 5G service will supposedly be 10 times faster than the current service, downloading up to 10 gigabytes of data per second, according to the Hamburg Abendblatt.
Numerous European cities applied for the grant money, but only Venice and Hamburg were successful. Venice will be testing out the service’s functions for tourists, whereas the 7,200-hectare port will be used in Hamburg to test the service’s industrial functions.
Preparations are already being made in Germany’s second largest city and a transmitting mast will be attached to the Heinrich-Hertz Television Tower in the next few weeks.
Advantages of the network include the fact that it doesn’t require cabling, unlike fibre optics, as the transmitters are directly attached to Telecom's mobile network. The project is in coordination with both Telecom and mobile phone manufacturer Nokia, but Telekom is taking the lead.