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Latvian 5G defence testbed expands

Both Nokia and Ericsson will launch private networks on the test site.

The site is located in the Ādaži landfill and is the first 5G defence test environment in Europe. It was first established in 2020 by Latvian mobile operator LMT in collaboration with the Latvian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence. The site is open to NATO allies to jointly develop, test, and demonstrate 5G applications.

LMT says the site has already hosted exercises, tests and demonstrations with the involvement of NATO, the US Department of Defense, the European Defense Fund and the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP).

Tests conducted include mission control platforms, unmanned ground vehicles and various other innovative defence solutions. Last week, LMT, in cooperation with the National Armed Forces and NATO’s Allied Transformation Command, organized a demonstration of virtual and augmented reality solutions in a 5G military application test environment at the training ground.

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