5G network can offer potential download speeds of 1-10 Gbps
Plans to expand more 5G pilot locations in 2019 and commercial rollout in 2020
Telenor Group launched the very first 5G pilot in Scandinavia on November 8, which will serve as a testbed for the superfast fifth generation (5G) mobile network in Norway. The pilot was launched during the technology and innovation conference Kongsberg Summit and is a milestone in Norwegian telecommunications history.
The development of mobile networks is faster than ever, with new generations launching roughly every decade since the introduction of analogue NMT (1G) in 1981. In 2012, Telenor launched 4G followed by 4G+, and according to Speedtest from Ookla, Telenor now has the fastest mobile network in the world.
“We have been preparing for 5G for a long time and it’s great to finally be able to share the technology with families and businesses in the technology-city of Kongsberg. 5G is more than a new generation of mobile network - it unleashes a vast potential within data and telecom services and will improve most services and solutions across industries. With this launch of the very first 5G pilot in Scandinavia here in Kongsberg, we have a flexible toolkit in place, which will help accelerate digitalisation, both in Norway and other markets in which Telenor operates,” said Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.
This 5G pilot project of Telenor offers select residents of Kongsberg the chance to test 5G technology until summer 2019 and subsequently, the pilot will be expanded to include more test users. With potential download speeds of 1-10 Gbps, this network is way faster than 4G.
In April 2018, Telenor Myanmar in partnership with Ericsson in a joint network speed trial also achieved a record high peak speed of 1Gbps, the fastest internet speed ever achieved in Myanmar. This trial successfully extends the partnership of Telenor and Ericsson in Gigabit LTE and in boosting the 5G readiness of Myanmar.
“We are very much delighted for this remarkable 5G pilot project in Kongsberg. 5G technology could be the solution for several critical societal functions, such as traffic management, health services, and important communications services like emergency communication networks. After this pilot, Telenor Group will also expand to offer more pilot locations in 2019, while gradually preparing for the commercial roll out of 5G in 2020. This is a good news for other Telenor markets including Myanmar as this innovative technology can significantly help in promoting our customers’ daily lives from various aspects,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.
Compared to 4G, 5G is a far more advanced and innovative technology with even more capacity, higher speeds and faster response time. 5G will provide the customers with access to features and services that have not been seen before. The new mobile technology will also enable fibre optic communication speeds in the handset.
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