Telia Lietuva, which began trials of 5G in three cities last year, has said it has expanded the number of base stations to 32. The newly installed network equipment from Swedish vendor Ericsson is already operating in densely populated areas of the capital Vilnius. All private and business customers with an unlimited mobile data plan and a Sony, OnePlus, Huawei or Xiaomi smartphone or router that supports 5G technology can trial Telia’s 5G service free of charge. Telia has been trialling 5G in the city centres of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda and in the Klaipeda Free Economic Zone since November 2020. Over the next two years, Telia plans to replace nearly 2,000 base stations with new Ericsson base stations, all of which will be able to provide 5G connection if necessary.
Telia is using non-commercial spectrum in the 3.5GHz frequency band provided by the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT), and the operator is also testing 5G in the 700MHz band. The RRT is expected to hold an auction of 700MHz spectrum later this year, in order to ensure the commercial rollout of 5G services, while the date of the 3.5GHz auction will depend on negotiations with Russia, which has assigned the frequencies to military use.