Your city is holding a design contest for 5G base stations in the city.
As 5G networks are being developed across Finland, the city of Helsinki is holding a design contest to create suitable-looking base stations.
The 5G network, while faster, requires more transmitter-receiver stations than 4G or earlier networks do, so the units will likely be much more visible in Helsinki’s urban environment than their predecessors.
The design contest is organised by the city of Helsinki, telecom firm Elisa, networking company Nokia and design organisation Ornamo Art and Design.
Contest organisers said they are looking for a “standard model design” for 5G base stations, which are “unique and easily scalable models for base stations” in Helsinki.
The top three design creators, to be chosen by a jury, will receive cash prizes totalling 35,000 euros. The first place winner will win 20,000 euros, the runner-up winner will receive 10,000 euros and the third place contestant will take home 5,000 euros. The contest, which started on Wednesday, will accept submissions through 18 November.
The design, according to Ornamo, “may consist of a protective casing only, which must be possible to integrate with the existing infrastructure as is (e.g., 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. The user experience is composed of not only interaction with users but also the ease of maintenance and installation,” the Ornamo statement reads.