Telenor Norge has announced an update to its fixed-wireless access (FWA) broadband service, with the addition of 5G-enabled equipment and faster speeds as a result. In a press release the operator confirmed it is now marketing tariffs for its ‘Wireless Broadband’ service which offer downlink speeds of up to 100Mbps via 5G, while it has suggested that even faster rates will be forthcoming as its network rollout continues. Prices for Telenor’s FWA broadband service start at NOK599 (USD68) per month for a 10Mbps option, rising to NOK999 for its top-tier 100Mbs plan; all tariffs offer unlimited usage, subject to a 2TB monthly allowance, after which downlink speeds are slowed to 5Mbps.
To date Telenor has rolled out 5G in the following locations: Askvoll, Bodo, Elverum, Fornebu, Froya, Heroya, Kongsberg, Kvitfjell, Spikersuppa and Trondheim. Looking ahead, the operator is planning to reach Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger this year, while expanding coverage in Kongsberg and Stavanger, while in 2021 it is aiming to switch on 5G in Alesund, Drammen, Fredikstad, Kristiansand and Tromso.
Meanwhile, in separate but related news, Telia Norge – which earlier this month claimed to have become the first of Norway’s operators to launch a commercial 5G FWA service – has contracted Nordic field service provider Eltel for the rollout of fixed-wireless services. According to Eltel, it has signed an agreement with Telia valued at around EUR11 million (USD13 million), the scope of which includes planning, coordination and installations of FWA. The three-year agreement is valid from November 2020 through December 2023 and includes options for one-year periods thereafter.