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Competition: Helsinki 5G base stations

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The City of Helsinki has launched a contest to design a series of 5G base stations across the Finnish capital

Backed by Nokia and Finnish mobile network Elisa, the competition seeks ‘stylish and sympathetic’ proposals for a new standard 5G radio receiver and transmitter, which could be rolled out in prominent locations throughout the city.

The project aims to identify an easily-scalable design solution for the fifth generation telecommunications system, which will deliver speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second. A €35,000 (£31,000) prize fund will be shared between the top three winners, whose designs will all be considered for further development.

According to the brief: ‘The objective of the 5G design contest is to design a standard model for the Helsinki 5G base stations and network environment. A base station refers to a single device and a network environment refers to the uniform system of base stations in a specific area.

‘A base station may consist of a protective casing only, which must be possible to integrate with the existing infrastructure as is (eg lighting columns, bus stops or walls of buildings) but the station may also consist of a protective casing with/on a pedestal. As a product, the base station is expected to be refined design that smoothly fits in a variety of environments and takes into consideration the needs of usage and technology as well as the user experience.’

Helsinki is Finland’s most populous city with more than 640,000 residents. The city and surrounding region are a major tech hub featuring many globally leading businesses including the consumer electronics giant Nokia.

The latest project will identify a new standard design for a series of 5G base stations, which will be constructed across the city in time for the launching of the new high-speed network.

Digital submissions must be in English and include no more than seven A3-sized display boards featuring descriptions of the design, illustrations, cross-sections, and detail drawings.

Applications will be judged on their general functionality, level of innovation, and suitability to the Helsinki’s urban environment. The overall winner will receive €20,000 (£17,800). There will also be a second prize of  €10,000 and third prize of €5,000.

The deadline for applications is 18 November.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: kalle.toivonen@hel.fi 

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