Telenor Group has announced the start of what it has claimed is ‘Scandinavia’s largest 5G pilot’, which is taking place in the Norwegian municipality of Elverum. Outlining the development in a press release, the company claimed its domestic subsidiary Telenor Norge would become the country’s first operator to integrate 5G into its mobile network. The operator’s pilot will see more than 50 customers in Elverum connected to the 5G network via ‘mobile handsets, 5G via broadband and TV, as well as smart home solutions’. Swedish vendor Ericsson will reportedly be contributing ‘both 5G network equipment and deployment’ to support the live trial.
Looking ahead, meanwhile, Telenor has said it commitment to 5G will continue apace, with expansions to the network planned in several locations in Norway, including Trondheim and the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. In total ten locations will get 5G over the course of this year, namely: Elverum, Fornebu, Trondheim, Bodo (selected base stations), Oslo (selected base stations), Askvoll, Svalbard, Kvitfjell, Heroya and Froya.