Norwegian mobile operator Telia Norge has switched on its 5G network in Lillestrom and parts of Grorddalen, in the greater Oslo region, and added that it aims to expand 5G coverage in Oslo in 2020, and add Trondheim and Bergen to the operational footprint during the course of the year. In a press release regarding the development published by vendor partner Ericsson – which is the sole radio access network (RAN) supplier to Telia Norge – it was also noted that the Norwegian operator is aiming to cover half of the population with 5G in 2021, before achieving nationwide coverage in 2023.
Commenting, Telia Norge CEO Stein-Erik Vellan, said: ‘This is an important day in Telia’s and our customers’ history. In a time when we really see the importance of our digital infrastructure for keeping the wheels spinning, we are incredibly proud to be able to open our 5G network to customers with Lillestrom as the first place out. Through the partnership with Ericsson we will enable new opportunities and we hope the Norwegian people will enjoy the new and pioneering mobile technology.’