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5G Test Network Finland (5GTNF) 5G Test Network Finland (5GTNF)

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Coordinator website

Year Established



Kaitoväylä 1, 90571, Oulu (Finland)


Social Media

Contact information

Pertti Raatikainen
+358 40 7224476



5GTNF is a 5G technology and service trialing infrastructure comprising of multiple interconnected sites around Finland. The collaborating sites form a joint innovation platform and ecosystem, which aims to serve the needs of both industry and academia. 5GTNF offers testing, trialing and piloting services as well as possibilities for bilateral cooperation within the ecosystem. With varying focus areas at different sites, 5GTNF can cover a large variety of vertical industry use cases by providing support for high data rates, low latencies, reliable communications and massive amount of devices. 5GTNF is a joint initiative between Finnish public and private sectors.

5GTNF on 5G-teknologia- ja -palvelukokeiluympäristö, jonka infrastruktuuri koostuu useista toisiinsa liitetyistä testiverkoista ympäri Suomea. Yhteistyötä tekevät paikalliset testiverkot muodostavat yhteisen integroidun innovointialustan ja ekosysteemin, joka tarjoaa palvelujaan sekä teollisten toimijoiden että tutkimusorganisaatioiden ja yliopistojen käyttöön. 5GTNF:n tarjoama koostuu testaus-, kokeilu- ja pilotointipalveluista. Lisäksi 5GTNF-ekosysteemi tarjoaa mahdollisuuksia kahdenkeskeiselle yhteistyölle mukana olevien partnereiden kanssa. Koska yhteistyötä tekevät paikalliset testiverkot keskittyvät eri osa-alueisiin 5G-teknologioissa ja palveluissa, pystyy 5GTNF-kokeiluympäristö yhtenä kokonaisuutena kattamaan laajan valikoiman eri teollisuudenalojen käyttötapauksia ja -tarpeita tukemalla sekä 5G:n suuria tiedonsiirtonopeuksia, pieniä viiveitä, korkeaa luotettavuutta että suuria päätelaite määriä. 5GTNF ekosysteemi muodostuu suuresta joukosta suomalaisia julkisen ja yksityisen sektorin toimijoita.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Links to national digitalisation programmes:5GTNF is an integral part of Business Finland's Digitalization theme and its 5thGear programme, which provides funding for national projects focusing on the development next generation wireless data communications technologies and their introduction to new application fields. The role of 5GTNF is to provide a joint technology platform and the supporting innovation ecosystem for national and international collaborations in telecommunications research and trialling activities. 5GTNF services are provided for both publicly funded collaborations and private customers.Business Finland's

Digitalization theme aims to create global competitive advantage through digitalization for Finnish companies, build international ecosystems and provide foreign companies expertize to set up R&D and invest in Finland. Under the Digitalization theme, the 5thGear programme supports piloting and demonstration driven world-class 5G research and aims to enhance cross-industry collaboration as well as cooperation between research organisations, academia and ICT industry.

With the national digitalization focus, 5GTNF supports also the regional research and innovation strategies  prioritizing ICT and software applications for industry. At the EU and international level, 5GTNF has been utilized so far e.g. in H2020 projects COHERENT, 5G-ENSURE, EuWireless, 5G-Enhance and 5GEC.


Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Service hosting and connectivity management

Client profile: International R&D organization focusing on ICT and telecommunications technologies


Client needs: Service hosting and connectivity management for remote testing


Provided solutions to meet needs: An international R&D organization has been utilizing the 5GTNF cloud infrastructure to host and remotely operate its services during 2017 and 2018. The offered cloud infrastructure and the related services have provided the customer the required means to remotely test the installation, operation and maintenance of their software in the cloud, and use it on top of the 5GTNF infrastructure.


Online reference: n/a

Conformance and interoperability testing

Client profile: IoT connectivity provider


Client needs: Conformance and interoperability testing in standard compliant network environment


Provided solutions to meet needs:

Several IoT connectivity providers have utilized the 5GTNF infrastructure to test their products for interoperability and compliance with standards. The offered cellular IoT connectivity and service platform have enabled the customers to connect their devices to 5GTNF's cellular IoT infrastructure, as well as monitor the behaviour and performance of their solutions in the overall network.


Online reference: n/a

Digital service pilots and field testing

Client profile: Vertical industry players piloting digitalized services


Client needs: Performance measurements and field testing for specific use cases


Provided solutions to meet needs: 5GTNF has provided connectivity, testing and analytics services to vertical industry players to measure the performance of different 4G and pre-5G communication technologies against their specific use cases and requirements. These tests have been conducted in varying configuration at the 5GTNF main sites where connectivity is permanently available, as wells as in remote hot spot locations, where the temporary 5GTNF access network, testing tools, measurement campaign and results analysis are all provided as one service package at the customer premises.


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Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals


Rugged Tooling Oy

Tampere University of Technology (TUT)

Eltel Oy

Hartela-Yhtiöt Oy

Nokia Oyj

Partner Type

Large enterprise


Aalto University

Keysight Technologies Finland Oy

Oy L M Ericsson Ab

Åbo Academi University (ÅAU)

Esju Oy

City of Oulu

Elisa Oyj

MediaTek Wireless Finland Oy


Verkotan Oy

Turku University of Applied Sciencies (TUAMK)

University of Helsinki (UH)

Fairspectrum Oy

Exfo Oy

University of Turku (UT)


Haltian Oy

Teleste Oyj

PehuTech Oy

Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority

Huawei Technologies Oy (Finland) Co. Ltd

Cargotec Oyj

Partner Type

Large enterprise


University of Oulu (UO)

Coriant Oy

Indalgo Oy

Efore Oyj

Oulu University of Applied Sciencies (OAMK)

Partner Type



Finnish Defence Forces

Nordic Semiconductor Finland Oy

Polar Electro Oy

Jutel Oy

Sarokal Test Systems Oy

Digita Oy

Bittium Oyj


Magister Solutions Oy

Intel-Finland Oy

Telia Oyj

Yleisradio Oy

Kaltio Technologies Oy

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Simulation and modelling
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 24/08/18 10:33