Monaco’s digital revolution is well underway, with it becoming the first nation to offer country-wide 5G coverage. As part of its “Extended Monaco” development programme, the city-state is hoping to transform the country and begin a new chapter in its history.
The next generation of mobile networks
On 9 July, the Salle Empire of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo played host to Monaco Telecom’s launch event for the Principality’s new, fully 5G-connected mobile network. The Monegasque government has been a driving force behind this technological breakthrough, which was achieved in partnership with Chinese firm Huawei: a company renowned for offering the best 5G facilities in the world. Thanks to its small size, Monaco has successfully become the first country ever to offer nationwide 5G coverage.
Smart city of the future
With cutting-edge technology already filtering into place, such as the electric supercharger at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, with the arrival of 5G Monaco has put itself ahead of the game in terms of hyperconnected smart cities of the future. This brand-new technology promises to be almost ten times quicker than 4G, and can handle many more smart objects connecting to the network at the same time. “The arrival of 5G is a concrete example of how digital technology is being integrated into all areas of both our society and our economy. Energy, healthcare, media, transport… It offers […] immense possibilities in the public interest,” says Country Chief Digital Officer Frédéric Genta. For instance, self-driving vehicles – which were trialled this summer with an electric self-driving shuttle service around Monaco City – should see their performance improve with the introduction of 5G. There will be improvements in terms of security, too, with Monegasque firefighters being equipped with connected drones which will provide them with high-definition images to help in their operations. In Monaco, the future is already on its way.