With 2.6 million mobile customers, Telia Norway (opens in new tab) is part of the Nordic region's largest telecom operator, Telia Company, and it has announced the availability of its first 5G network in partnership with Ericsson.
The 5G network has initially launched in Lillestrøm and parts of Groruddalen, in the greater Oslo region, and these will be the first areas in Norway to benefit from Telia’s enhanced mobile broadband services, with 5G coverage planned for Oslo,Trodheim and Bergen later in the year.
“This is an important day in Telia's and our customers' history,” said Stein-Erik Vellan, CEO, Telia Norway. “In a time when we really see the importance of our digital infrastructure for keeping the wheels spinning, we are incredibly proud to be able to open our 5G network to customers with Lillestrøm as the first place out. Through the partnership with Ericsson we will enable new opportunities and we hope the Norwegian people will enjoy the new and pioneering mobile technology.”
Ericsson RAN technology
The new 5G network will include ultra-low latency and reliability, utilizing Ericsson’s RAN technology, and advancing 5G use cases in manufacturing, energy and utilities, public safety, healthcare, and transport. And the partnership is major milestone for Ericsson, which will be the sole RAN supplier to Telia in Norway.
“With 5G, technological boundaries are being moved forward to create the biggest innovation platform ever,” explained Jenny Lindqvist, Head of Northern & Central Europe, Ericsson. “New services for consumers and enterprises, as well as new use cases for digitalization of industries and society, are creating unique business opportunities across all sectors and positive change for everyone.
“Industries and society will get the support for massive amounts of connected things, for tracking, fleet management, smart metering, and other applications. But probably the highest impacting implementation is the support to connect industries to drive automation, making us more efficient, more sustainable and opening up a new world of innovation"
Telia Company, the parent of Telia Norway, is currently the largest Nordic and Baltic fixed-voice, broadband, and mobile operator by revenue and customer base, and it operates Europe's largest and fastest-growing wholesale IP backbone.
In March, Ericsson announced that it had partnered with Telenor, to provide Norways’ first commercial 5G network, which was launched in Trondheim, a city of around 200,000 people.
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