Two Swedish cellcos debut 5G services

26 May 2020

Two of Sweden’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) have launched commercial 5G networks, with a third announcing a launch next month. Tele2 has switched on 5G networks in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo using 80MHz of C-band spectrum. Telia, meanwhile, says its new network is active via 15 base stations in Stockholm, with plans to cover the bulk of the city via 60+ base stations by end-July using equipment from Ericsson. It adds that it expects to expand coverage to a further twelve cities, including Gothenburg and Malmo, by the end of the year. Telia is using its existing 700MHz spectrum, boosted by LTE and New Radio (NR) carrier aggregation.

Tre (Hi3G Access) is planning to launch commercial 5G services in Malmo, Lund, Uppsala, Helsingborg, Vasteras and western Stockholm next month. The firm says it has been running live trials of 5G technology in Arsta since December. The fourth MNO, Telenor Sweden, has not yet announced when it plans to launch 5G.

The government postponed the auction of 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G services earlier this year and now expects the sale to go ahead in November. 400MHz of frequencies will be available across the two bands.