Monaco first state in Europe fully covered by 5G
Thanks to Monaco Telecom, the Principality of Monaco is now completely connected to 5G, making it the first in the world to achieve total coverage with the high-speed technology.
The 5G roll-out is the first pillar of the Extended Monaco programme led by the Prince’s Government, which seeks to bring Monaco into the digital age.
Frédéric Genta, Country Chief Digital Officer, highlighted the enormous change that 5G will bring about: “5G is not simply an improved version of 4G, it represents a paradigm shift. Whilst all of the previous generations focused on telecommunications and exchanges between individuals, 5G is shaping the integration of digital technology into every part of our society and our economy. Energy, health, media and transport will all be transformed thanks to 5G… The technology offers enormous opportunities for the Principality, its residents, its public policies and its economy, and these will benefit everyone.”
This new technology is essential if we are to offer our clients better service and meet their growing expectations for high-speed mobile access” he said.
“The future applications of 5G in the everyday lives of Monegasques look extremely promising. In parallel with the launch of 5G, Monaco Telecom is continuing to roll out its fibre network in order to deliver service quality that is acknowledged as the best in the world. This is our goal for the company and our mission as the national operator.”
The power of 5G, implemented via a precise network in the territory, will be an essential platform for digital transition. This launch proves that, day after day, the Prince’s Government is shaping the face of the Monaco of the future,” he concluded.
From a technical point of view, 5G will make it possible to increase speeds ten-fold and reduce connection times by 10. Simultaneous processing will also be improved ten-fold and will be able to support more connected objects via antennae. Thus, 5G will make it possible to support the exponential growth in mobile Internet use. The first smartphones capable of using this new technology will be available in 2019.
“5G represents an enormous opportunity for us to attract further demand from both MICE and leisure segments” said Alison Roberts-Brown, Regional Director of Visit Monaco Australia and New Zealand.
“This is yet another testament of Monaco’s dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking approach and commitment to offering its visitors nothing but the best quality services” she added.
As part of the “Smart Principality” concept, developed by the #ExtendedMonaco programme, Monaco is also currently trialling its first autonomous electric shuttle bus on the Rock, providing a service for residents and tourists.
Earlier this month, H.S.H. Prince Albert II officially launched MonaBike, a new electric bike sharing scheme in the Principality and the latest step in promoting soft mobility. The scheme aims to encourage cycling in the Principality, to improve coverage within the country, and to increase the capacity of the existing bike stations.