Telenor Norway has announced the completion of its 5G vendor selection, confirming that Ericsson will modernise and build out its 5G radio access network (RAN). Petter-Borre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norway, declared in a press release that it has ‘chosen Ericsson to start building the future 5G radio network’ and that ‘as the first mobile operator on 5G in Scandinavia, Telenor will ramp up the rollout of 5G to our customers in Norway in 2020.’ The release added: ‘The modernisation will take four-five years. Due to this, Telenor will use equipment from existing RAN vendor Huawei to maintain the 4G network and also upgrade to 5G coverage in selected areas of Norway. This is to ensure that Telenor Norway’s customers have the most optimal user experience and can continue to enjoy a fast and reliable mobile network during the modernisation.’
The operator’s core network, meanwhile, is being upgraded through agreements with Nokia and Ericsson, as previously announced.
Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Group, also gave a statement regarding the latest RAN contract: ‘We have been through a thorough process to evaluate all the main vendors’ ability to deliver on Telenor’s requirements for the future mobile network. When selecting the vendor for the radio access network, we have considered important factors like technical quality, ability to innovate and modernise the network, commercial terms and conditions, as well as carried out an extensive security evaluation. Based on the comprehensive and holistic evaluation, we have decided to introduce a new partner for this important technology shift in Norway.’