Luxembourg to see first 5G trials in late-2019

26 Mar 2019

Speaking in parliament, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has indicated that the country is planning to stage 5G pilot projects at the end of this year. The PM noted that all three incumbent mobile network operators – Post Luxembourg, Tango and Orange – have expressed an interest in participating in the trials, which will take place under the ‘Digital Luxembourg’ banner. Commercial 5G services have been earmarked for 2020, the official added.

In September 2018 Digital Luxembourg’s ICT infrastructure team defined its national 5G strategy, which was officially launched by Bettel. The strategy defined the five potential 5G pilot zones as: Kirchberg; Belval and the University of Luxembourg; the Automotive Campus in Bissen; the CFL Logistics Center in Dudelange; and the country’s national transport networks.

According to Digital Luxembourg, the frequencies set aside for 5G use are: 700MHz, 3.4GHz-3.8GHz and 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.