Telia in Norway has opened up its 5G network to customers in Lillestrøm and parts of Groruddalen in Oslo. During 2020, the 5G coverage will be extended throughout Oslo, and it will also be launched in Trondheim and Bergen. Telia’s aim is to be first in Norway with a nation-wide 5G network by the end of 2023, and the ambition is to have up to half of the population covered with 5G over the course of next year.
“Today marks a milestone for Telia and our customers. During a time when we see clearly how important our digital infrastructure is in order for society to keep functioning, we are extremely proud to be able to open up our 5G network, starting with customers in Lillestøm. 5G brings fantastic possibilities and we hope that the people of Norway find great pleasure in this new and revolutionary mobile technology,” said Stein-Erik Vellan, CEO of Telia Norway. “We continue rolling out 5G throughout Norway with the aim of being the first operator with a nation-wide 5G network by 2023.”
“This is about competitiveness for our country,” commented Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Districts and Digitalization. “The next generation mobile network – 5G – opens up for the digital services of the future. This contributes towards assuring that Norway’s mobile networks continue being some of the best in the world. Telia has announced ambitious expansion plans and I look forward to continued progress so that we can launch 5G in even more cities throughout Norway. The mobile networks are extremely important to individuals, enterprises and the public sector across the entire country.”
“5G gives us the opportunity to deliver an even better customer experience. For example, we want to offer our customers significantly higher data rates and much larger data volumes compared to 4G,” added Vellan. “Last but not least, there is tremendous potential in 5G technology for a more environmentally friendly and sustainable society. It will not only lead to energy efficiency, but also to less pollution in cities and better maintenance of buildings and roads, for example, as millions of things eventually connect online in new solutions.”