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Hamburg and Venice have been approved for a grant to test out new 5G data connectivity
Both Hamburg and Venice have been chosen to trial the new 5G service, reportedly 10 times faster than the current 4G. This new level of connectivity will allow for 10 gigabytes of data to be downloaded per second, according to the Hamburg Adenblatt.
The speed at which data can be transferred will mean that key fucntions of the port, such as container transportation, sluices and traffic control may be done by mobile phone. This is due to the fact that 5G connectivity does not require fibre optic cabling, rather transmitters connect directly to a mobile tower.
Numerous cities applied for the €7.7 million funding, but only Vencie and Hamburg recieved the grant. Venice will be testing out the service's capacity for tourists, while Hamburg will be testing its function in an industrial setting.
The testing is due to last until mid 2019 and will be available for public use in 2020.