Telenor Opens 5G Network in Norway
March 17, 2020
commercial 5G network opened in nine
different cities and villages across Norway,
making Telenor the first mobile operator in
the country to offer 5G to customers.
“Telenor is proud to be the first mobile
operator to launch a commercial 5G network
in Norway, as we have worked tirelessly to
stay at the forefront of the 5G development.
By bringing Norway into a new technological
age, today’s opening marks another milestone
in Telenor’s 165-year-long history. We
expect 5G to be the key driver of
transformation in this decade, and we are
very much looking forward to continuing the
roll-out of 5G to our customers,” says Sigve
Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group.
The network of the future is here
It was intended that the official opening of
Norway’s first commercial 5G network would
take place in the country’s tech capital of
Trondheim. Due to the current situation with
COVID-19, Telenor has decided to cancel the
event and instead host the opening as a
virtual video conference.
“This is a day we have been looking forward
to for a long time. We launched our first 5G
pilot as early as 2018, and since then we
have been experimenting and exploring,
trying to learn as much as we possibly can.
Today, we are not only opening our 5G
network in the city of Trondheim, we are
also opening the very first commercial 5G
network in Norway. In addition, we are
making 5G commercially available in all
locations where we, until now, have been
running tests. As of today, Telenor
customers with a 5G device will at these
locations be able to connect to the mobile
network of the future,” says Petter-Břrre
Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway.
Crucial for value creation
Hofstad Helleland, Norway’s Minister of
Regional Development and Digitalisation, is
pleased that 5G, which is crucial for
Norwegian value creation and digitisation,
is now commercially available.
“Norway has some of the world’s fastest
mobile networks, and with 5G, they become
faster and even more reliable. Given the
current situation in Norway, we see how
important the digital infrastructure is for
those quarantined and those working from
home. The new 5G network will provide better
mobile coverage and gradually better access
to broadband across the country, which will
reduce the vulnerability of an increasingly
digitised society,” says Helleland.
Ambitious plans for 2020
For the past two years, Telenor has focused
on learning as much as possible about the
qualities of the new mobile network before
making it available to the public. This is
done to ensure that customers receive
optimal 5G quality. Now that the 5G network
has officially opened, Telenor is
emphasising that this is just the beginning
of what is yet to come.
“We have worked hard to become the first
mobile operator in Norway to open the 5G
network, and are now fully focused on our
continued plans. During 2021, we will
upgrade close to 2,000 base stations, while
a total of 8,500 base stations will be
upgraded within the next four to five
years,” Furberg concludes.