Telenor Norge has begun offering a commercial 5G service, becoming the first cellco in the country to do so. Announcing the development in a press release, Telenor said the new 5G network is initially available in eight locations across the country, namely: Kongsberg, Elverum, Bodo, Askvoll, Fornebu, Kvitfjell, Spikersuppa (Oslo) and Trondheim. Further, the operator also revealed that 5G connectivity has been made available in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement and administrative centre of the archipelago of Svalbard.
Commenting on the development, Petter-Borre Furberg, CEO of Telenor Norge, said: ‘This is a day we have been looking forward to for a long time. We launched our first 5G pilot as early as 2018, and since then we have been experimenting and exploring, trying to learn as much as we possibly can. Today, we are not only opening our 5G network in the city of Trondheim, we are also opening the very first commercial 5G network in Norway. In addition, we are making 5G commercially available in all locations where we, until now, have been running tests. As of today, Telenor customers with a 5G device will at these locations be able to connect to the mobile network of the future.’
In terms of future plans, meanwhile, Telenor hopes to begin deploying 5G in Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Sandnes during the course of this year, while its 5G infrastructure in Trondheim, Kongsberg and Bodo will also be expanded. Looking further ahead, it was noted that during 2021 the cellco plans to upgrade around 2,000 base stations, as part of a long-term target to modernise a total of 8,500 base stations ‘within the next four to five years’.