Called NorthStar industrial, the new project will initially focus on the automotive and transport sectors.
Ericsson says the new initiative aims to accelerate 5G adoption and the transformation of industries. The first customer to join is AstaZero, a test track for road safety located outside Gothenburg, Sweden. AstaZero is owned and run by the national research organisation RISE, which is working in partnership with Volvo, Veoneer and Scania.
NorthStar’s 5G network will use Ericsson’s 5G Core and connect to Telia’s existing public 5G network, currently being built out across Sweden. Ericsson says organizations using NorthStar’s 5G environment will benefit from high-speed connectivity across large geographical areas.
“Through the NorthStar program, we welcome industrial players to collaborate and trial their solutions using the latest 5G technology, which will help accelerate the development of smart and sustainable transport solutions,” says Anders Olsson, CEO at Telia Sweden.