Telenor Group has announced that the 5G pilot being undertaken by its domestic subsidiary is to be expanded. In a press release the Norwegian group confirmed that a ‘next generation pilot’ to be carried out by Telenor Norge in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson will complement a separate 5G trial currently being undertaken in Kongsberg. The new pilot, which is scheduled to get underway in Q2 2019 and run until 2020, is now in the planning stage, while its location and specific use cases will be announced ‘at a later stage’.
Commenting on the cellco’s plans, Telenor Norge CEO Bjorn Ivar Moen said: ‘We have not yet chosen our vendor for 5G. Both the existing pilot in Kongsberg and our newest pilot activity will enable us to better evaluate which technological, functional and commercial solutions are optimal for our future 5G network and for our customers.’
Meanwhile, in a separate press release Telenor Norge has revealed that it expects around 30,000 customers who are presently accessing services over its legacy copper network will be transferred to connections over newer technologies this year. Furthermore, the telco has suggested that by 2023 all customers will have been moved off its legacy infrastructure, and as the network modernisation process continues it has said it intends to take down unused telephone poles, remove copper lines and repurpose or decommission technical buildings.