Swedish vendor Ericsson has confirmed that it was recently selected as the single nationwide supplier of microwave radio equipment by Telia Norge, as the cellco works to future-proof its network ahead of the 5G era. The agreement enables Telia to expand and upgrade its current transport network in Norway, and is based on Ericsson’s MINI-LINK microwave portfolio. Following the contract, the two companies performed a joint test using Telia’s live network in Oslo, reaching a throughput of 2.2Gbps over the microwave hop. The test was performed using the 38GHz frequency band.
Jon Christian Hillestad, vice president and CTO at Telia Norge, commented: ‘With Ericsson’s latest innovation, Telia is able to continue to support the increasing capacity demands from our customers with radio links. Innovation in this domain is very important on our journey towards 5G, where microwave transmission will play an important role.’