Nokia circles KymiRing with 180 hectare 5G network
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
KymiRing racing circuit with motorbike turning The KymiRing circuit will host the return of the Finnish MotoGP in 2021 (copyright: KymiRing)

​Nokia has agreed an “unprecedented motorsports partnership” with northern Europe’s largest track venue, rolling out a 5G private wireless network across the whole circuit.

According to Nokia, KymiRing in Finland will receive an “industrial-grade” network across its 180 hectare circuit area, ready for its debut as a track during the 2021 MotoGP season.

CEO of KymiRing Markku Pietilä said the installation – carried out by Finnish broadband provider EDZCOM - will mean that “nothing on the track will remain beyond coverage”.

According to Pietilä, following the deployment, teams will be able to transfer testing data in real time. Coverage will include the high-speed Grand Prix circuit, vehicle dynamics areas, off-road tracks and ‘closed city’ courses.

As part of the agreement, Nokia will provide KymiRing with a Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) private wireless network and edge computing platform replacing the traditional two-way radio setup currently in place.

According to a statement, the enhanced capacity and speed of the network will enable “unprecedented televising techniques for motorsport”. The industrial-grade 5G technology network will also support broadcast production companies and a testing environment to develop autonomous and connected vehicles and software.

The KymiRing is northern Europe’s largest motorsports venue (copyright: KymiRing)

Stephan Litjens, general manager of enterprise solutions at Nokia Cloud & Network Services, added: “Motorsport has a long legacy of being at the forefront of technology innovation. KymiRing is no exception. Implementing 5G will enhance the testing environment for automotive teams and radically transform the viewing experience for fans and spectators.”

The KymiRing is located 68 miles north-east of Helsinki. It will host the first Finnish MotoGP in 20 years in July having opened in 2019 with a MotoGP test event.

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