Stockholm in Sweden and Tallinn in Estonia will become two of the first countries globally to receive 5G networks in 2018 in a bid to boost IoT growth.The development comes as a result of 5G networks provided by a partnership between Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera AB and telecommunications company Ericsson.

The two telecommunications companies are scheduled to deliver the 5G network by 2018, making the Stockholm and Tallin, the “two most connected urban areas in the world,” says SiliconANGLE.

Chief executive officer of TeliaSonera, Johan Dennelind, said:"5G will create completely new innovations, ecosystems and great services to our customers. 5G will also take the Internet of Things (IoT) to a new level."

Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, added: "More and more industries tap into the value of digitalisation and connectivity. 5G will amplify that as it is designed to be the industrial internet. It will not only be built for consumers, but also for digitalisation of industries and the IoT."

"Together with TeliaSonera we launched the first commercial 4G network in 2009, and we will be in the forefront of 5G as well."

5G networks for smart cities

[quote] One of the largest advantages of 5G networks is its potential for innovations in Internet of Things applications, self-driving cars and smart homes. Smart home appliances can operate at rapid speed.

US wireless services provider Verizon Communications, has in early tests proven that 5G technology could achieve speeds 40 to 50 times faster than 4G technology.

Functions of appliances such as smart washing machines and fridges become automated with data exchange.

5G networks are also poised to deliver on-demand traffic information and reducing congestion on streets.

SiliconANGLE adds that the nearer we approach 2020, wireless carriers such as TeliaSonera and Ericsson will be looking to appeal to customers and industries seeking to leverage the Internet of Things boom.