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Monday's papers: Teen train tragedy, odd car explosion in Hartola, Nokia's 5G system ready soon

Finland's press on Monday covered a tragedy that took the lives of two 15-year-old girls on Sunday evening. Police in Hartola are investigating why a car exploded on Sunday night. Nokia says it will deliver its first 5G wireless base station later this year.

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Evening tabloid Iltalehti reported about the tragic deaths of two 15-year-old girls who were hit and killed by a passenger train in eastern Finland at about 7 o'clock on Sunday evening.

The train was headed from Joensuu towards Helsinki and travelling at a rate of about 130 kilometers per hour when two girls were hit, killing them both instantly.

"It's a very unusual and sad case," police chief Kimmo Wetterstrand told the paper.

The location of the accident occurred about a kilometer from the train station in the Northern Karelian municipality of Kesälahti. The accident took place below a pedestrian-accessible bridge, but police said that the girls had not fallen from it.

The accident forced the closure of the railroad for at least four hours while police investigated. Police say they do not suspect that a crime had been committed.

The parents of the two young victims had been notified but not all of the family members had yet been reached, according to the paper.

Car roof blown off in Hartola

Emergency services received a report of an explosion in the car park of an apartment building in the Hartola municipality at about 10:20 pm Sunday, according to Ilta-Sanomat.

While any car explosion in Finland is unusual, but this incident was possibly even more unusual than others. The paper also reported that eyewitnesses saw two people banging on the windows of the vehicle shortly before the explosion.

The accompanying photo in Ilta-Sanomat showed that most of the grey-coloured sedan remained intact – apart from the roof of the car, which was found about 40 meters away from the vehicle.

Local fire chief Jari Vornanen said that police are investigating the incident, according to the paper.

Hartola is located about 180 km northeast of Helsinki, in the Päijänne Tavastia region.

Nokia's super-fast 5G likely in 2020

On the heels of last week's announcement concerning the possible slashing of 1,300 jobs in Finland, mobile communications giant Nokia says it will deliver its first 5G mobile base station towards  the end of this year.

Its 5G system enables mobile data transfers of up to 10 gigabytes per second.

According to Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet, due to standardisation wrangling, it might take a few more years to get Nokia's 5G system to market.

Nokia unveiled the new technology at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona last February. The company's marketing director Kai Sahala told the paper that the ultra high speed 5G data transfer rates will be many times faster than today's fastest 4G speeds.

The 5G technology will enable wireless transfer of data from billions of sensors and become the communication backbone for industry, traffic, logistics and healthcare – as well as virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Nokia predicts 5G networks will be in use on 50 billion mobile devices by the year 2025.

However, there are some expected delays before the new tech gets into the hands of consumers. Now regulators and various companies will have to spend time negotiating industry standards.

That process could last until the year 2020 before 5G is rolled out to consumers, the paper writes.

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