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It's lights out for 5G at Finland’s new KymiRing MotoGP circuit

The KymiRing circuit in Finland.
(Image credit: KymiRing.)

Officially opened in August 2019, KymiRing is Finland’s newest motorsports circuit, which claims to be the largest motorsports and events venue in Northern Europe, and it has announced a new agreement with Nokia to install a private 5G network by the end of 2021.

With a MotoGP contract already in place, bringing the top flight of motorbike racing back to Finland for the first time since 1982, Nokia has been approached to implement industrial-grade private wireless technology, which will provide its customers with 5G access across the 180 hectares of the circuit.

"Implementing 5G will enhance the testing environment for automotive teams and radically transform the viewing experience for fans and spectators.”

Stephan Litjens, Nokia.

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

Finland's first FIA 'Grade One' circuit

KymiRing is the first circuit in Finland to hold an FIA Grade One license, and by investing in the technological infrastructure across the venue, as well as improving the visitor experience, it is ensuring that it is well-placed for the future of 5G broadcasting, whilst providing a new testing environment for the automotive industry. 

“With this network investment we will have the capacity to broadcast a live stream of numerous racers at the same time. Nothing on the track will remain beyond coverage and everything can be monitored and controlled in real time,” said Markku Pietilä, CEO at KymiRing. 

"Thanks to our network improvements, the infrastructure is completed significantly faster."

Markku Pietilä, KymiRing.

“Big events generally require an enormous stake from production companies, who arrive with truckloads of cables and support technology. Thanks to our network improvements, the infrastructure is completed significantly faster as most of the technology is available on site.”

The 5G private wireless network will be completed during 2021 by EDZCOM, a European company that speciaizes in edge connectivity solutions.

“We have experience in providing connectivity solutions for stadiums in Europe and complex industrial-class network implementations alike and will leverage our unique expertise in private networks in this project,” said Jouko Tuppurainen, VP of industry sector sales at EDZCOM.

EDZCOM will use Nokia cloud technology such as Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) to implement the private network. And this, the companies say, will effectively replace the need for traditional two-way radio, and also enhance the level of real-time information that teams can access.

“We will be able to deliver sensor data via the network directly to any destination in the world, while testing in even demanding conditions,” concluded Pietilä.

Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.