Urban ICT Arena now open in Kista

A testbed and co-creation arena for digital development are coming to Kista. This initiative is a go now that several private and public sector organizations, research institutes and universities have jointly thrown in their support and signed a collaboration agreement. The name of the arena is Urban ICT Arena and operations are set to begin in 2016.

Urban ICT arena is an open testbed and co-creation arena in Kista where the opportunities of digitalization can be developed, tested and showcased in an urban environment. Urban ICT Arena will allow academia, industry and the public sector to develop new digital capabilities and solutions for the society and business community of tomorrow.

The Electrum Foundation launched the initiative in collaboration with the City of Stockholm, the Stockholm County Administrative Board, Ericsson AB, IBM Svenska AB, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University and RISE ICT.

Ulf Wahlberg, Ericsson

“Urban ICT Arena will showcase existing projects and research, but also foster innovative development and testing. This comprehensive approach makes the arena unique. There will be several different types of IT infrastructure, opportunities for joint horizontal development, openness, a low threshold/high availability and access to various types of display space. The arena also provides access to partners from industry, academia and the public sector,” says Ulf Wahlberg from Ericsson, who serves as the Board Chair of the Electrum Foundation.

Karin Wanngård, finansborgarråd Stockholms stad

“Urban ICT Arena is both a key component in a dynamic business community and one of the necessary tools for our efforts to make Stockholm the smartest city in the world,” says Karin Wanngård, City of Stockholm Commissioner of Finance and Deputy Board Chair of the Electrum Foundation.

Contact KSCAB: Petra Dalunde, COO Urban ICT Arena, +46(0)704-159209


Urban ICT Arena consists of several parts: IT infrastructure with various types of networks, the projects pursued within the scope of the arena, a formal and informal meeting place, a project database and several different display windows for showcasing results and challenges to everyone who visits, lives and works in Kista.

The Electrum Foundation has assigned its subsidiary Kista Science City AB to implement the Urban ICT Arena program. The COO is Petra Dalunde.
The overall aim of Urban ICT Arena is to futureproof Sweden by using the projects pursued to help develop the sustainable cities of the future, boost innovation and secure the jobs of tomorrow


In February/March

Arena launched.

In March/April

Stokab will begin building new basic fiber infrastructure along Kistagången and connect fiber to lampposts, bus shelters and buildings.

On 28

April, the Electrum Foudation celebrates its 30-year anniversary.

This summer, the

dark fiber infrastructure and parts of the connected wireless IT networks will be unveiled.

Article written by Petra Dalunde