Danish mobile operator 3 has confirmed that it will activate its 5G network in selected parts of Copenhagen from next month. The network will initially utilise refarmed spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands, but the cellco expects to add 3.5GHz connectivity from March 2021, following an auction by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen).
By mid-2021, 3 expects its 5G infrastructure to cover approximately one-third of its network, with deployments in most of Zealand, in the upper part of Southern Jutland and a few areas in East Jutland. By end-2021, 5G will be available across 75% of 3’s footprint. By the summer of 2022, 5G will be rolled out across the operator’s entire network.
TeleGeography notes that rival operator TDC launched commercial 5G services in the 3.5GHz band in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and Helsingor in September this year, although the spectrum licence is understood to be temporary. Later that month fellow Danish operators Telia and Telenor opened up their joint 5G test sites for public use; these cell sites are understood to cover Copenhagen and Aalborg. Telia and Telenor note that users require a 5G SIM card, a 5G-capable handset and a 5G subscription to access the new service. Aarhus and Odense are next in line for rollouts, the duo have asserted.