Tre Sweden has announced the commercial launch of 5G services in Malmo, Lund, Uppsala, Helsingborg, Vasteras and large parts of Stockholm. The cellco says it has 385 active 5G masts, 200 of which are in Stockholm, and it says it expects to be covering most of the centre of the capital by the end of the summer. Handsets supporting the new service include the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Lite 5G, Huawei P40 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10 and Sony Xperia 1 II. Private customers on a ‘3Surfa’ subscription, plus all business users who have subscribed since 15 January 2019, receive 5G connectivity at no extra cost.
Per Stigenberg, technical director at Tre, commented: ‘This is the first step where we use the frequency spectrum we already have access to. After the real 5G frequencies become available around the turn of the year, our customers will be able to get significantly faster speeds.’
Tre launched pre-commercial 5G services in two southern suburbs of Stockholm in December 2019. Rival operators Telia and Tele2 switched on their own 5G networks towards the end of May, while fourth player Telenor is also expected to launch soon.